This is my favorite of the two compilations put together by Schuller and the NE Conservatory Ragtime Ensemble (the other being The Red Back Book, which I also enjoy). Although I believe many of them are the same players, the performances on this album stand out. The rags seem more complex and have much more character. Favorites are the Magnetic Rag and the Wall Street Rag. Enjoy.
I heard the New England Conservatory Ragtime Ensemble perform live many years ago. I'm glad to have a recording to remind me how good they were! I hear lots of ragtime played on a piano, often too fast. These orchestral performances are slow enough to make the syncopation stand out.