This particular version gave me my first introduction to the world Bruckner. Although I was indeed pleased with many portions of the symphony, it seemed spacious(which is admirable in any Bruckner performance), but also bleak, and flavorless. If one wants to be given a welcoming introduction to Bruckners sheer emotional strength, the seventh is absolutely the place to start, but a Karajan or Jochum performance is indeed worth the extra few dollars. Tintner, to me, lacks the quality of a true Brucknerian, seemingly coasting through the symphony in a superficial and simplistic manner. While many newcomers may believe that a bargain recording is just as good, they are mistaken. The composer may be the absolute master, but it is the conductor which must interpret his demands. Due to this fact, it is definantly recommended that one pursues the finest performances, conducted with sheer passion, understanding, and devotion. Tintner may convey the image of these traits, but embodies none of them. Don't learn it the hard way. I thought that I was being smart by spending what extra money I had on Naxos Tintner recordings, but now find myself slowly replacing it with those of his superiors.