I saw an episode of the Simpsons, where Bart and Lisa were asked what they thought of a theme park. Their response was a very unexcited and even mundane, "Meh". "Meh" is exactly what I would use to describe this recording. It isn't horrible and it isn't incredible. It's just, "Meh". If you love Telarc sonics, you won't be let down by this recording. Telarc is up to its consistent standard of audiophile sound (even though with DSD recordings, you usually have to crank the volume higher than with other discs). Beautiful sound aside though, this performance, in my estimation, isn't anything to get excited about. Personally, I've steered a few people the way of the earlier Telarc recording of this piece with Charles Mackerras and the London Symphony Orchestra as the performance is much much more exciting. Spano and the ASO obviously know the work, play it well, etc., but the performance just isn't exciting. When I listen, I hear wonderful segments, but in the end I'm not moved like I am with Mackerras' recording (Karajan and Reiner also have great recordings but in non-digital sound). With that being said, I'm still excited to see what the future brings us in regard to the Spano/Atlanta combination.