I purposely put a single star simply because I'm still at a loss about how to judge "Angel of Light". On the surface, this symphony is very seductive -- lush orchestration, traidic themes and harmonies, colourful orchestration, and so on. And, believe it or not, the pitches are serialized to a certain degree (the row outlines triads, somewhat like the Berg violin concerto; the initial string melody after the intro. of the last movement reveals a row form in inversion, if memory serves). In fact, the first movement ends with a G minor triad with an added F#, just like the ending of the first movement of the Berg concerto. I wonder if this is a deliberate reference? Despite all of my affection for this work, part of me is disgusted at it, and another part of me is disgusted at myself for going back to such a work every few months or so. It's all so lush and all so seductive that I often wonder what's gotten over me -- have I been musically seduced by a shell while ignoring what could be inside (or, *if* there is anything inside)? Given the cultish popularity of Rautavaara, I'm surprised to find no customer reviews posted. So I invite anyone who has listened to the work to post a review -- I'm really curious about what other people think about this symphony.