I bought this thinking there must be a reason DG is reissuing it in addition to the Karajan 1963 version, they must have thought it has some merit. It does, and I favor it over all the Karajan editions, over everything I have (Stokowski, Furtwangler, Klemperer, Bernstein, Blomstedt, Sinopoli/DG, Muti, Walter - yes even the NYPO version)except Schmidt-Issterstedt (Decca). I was amazed. Its the rhythim, the caring about every note, the balance, the dynamics, the lack of acceleration/deceleration that many conductors indulge in, and the sound of St-Hedwigs Kathedrale choir. Each note is shaped with more care than Karajan (1963). The choir sounds more natural than Karajan's choir. On the minus sides there is tape hiss, and a few dropouts in the first movement, but only 2 and for a very short duration. And yet I have not seen a previous review of this in any publication including Penguin. Even Stereophile's Choral symphony roundup (June 1990) did not include this version (1957). A top version, if I were to be allowed only 2, it would be this and the Schmidt-Issertedt/VPO version (Decca). I would advise getting it before DG deletes it, Fricsay is not as famous as Karajan. This must be released in the USA, I hope someone from Universal will hear this.