These works are monumental.
I make it my policy not to mention other reviewers in my reviews, but here I am forced to make an exception.
Amazon top 500 reviewer Melvyn Sobel refers to this music as 'derivitive' and 'uninspired'. In his quest to reach the top of the Amazon review list, I seriously doubt that he has invested the time needed to fully appreciate this music.
Fortunately, I have taken the time and listened many times to multiple recordings of Stenhammars inspired and original works.
An accurate description of this music is that yes, it does bear a resemblance to Bruckner, but I can name a dozen of other great composers where the Brucknerian influence can be acutely felt. The two main differences between Stenhammar and my beloved Bruckner is that the former employs stronger, more memorable thematic and melodic material (NOT weaker, as Mr. Sobel claims), and writes in a more elegant, less brutal vein.
If you commit to buying this CD, please take the time to listen at least several times before forming an opinion. These sprawling, gorgeous, lush symphonies will soon unfold and reveal themselves as worthy of standing side by side with the great works in the symphonic literature.
Can you live without these symphonies in your collection?
Don't risk it, if you value your soul.