When I bought this copy of the rach 2 and 3 I expected to be impressed but I was simply amazed at the brilliance of the performances! Firstly, I believe that Gutierrez is an outstanding player, and his passion especially shows during the more demanding sections of the rach 3! Another person who reviwed this cd stated that it was all rushed!Balderdash!If anything the rach3 especially is ofton taken at such a slow tempo that the russian passion and agression that is the rach3 is lost!The performances on the cd a show the way that both pieces shoud be played! The first movment cadenzas of the rach 3 are simply stunning!Gutierrez really is amazing! Mazzals orchestra sound superb, and also display the passion that these pieces deserve! The sound quality is perfect, and the balance of the instuments is perfect. If you love rachmaninoff you must buy this cd! I actually own two copies in case something happens to one!!