I became very interested in this work about 4 years ago, and the first recording I bought was the Shaw/ASO version. WHOA! But, being a good musician, I figured I better give some other recordings a listen. This was on the list, and I'm sad to say it was. From the opening movement which is supposed to bring comfort to the grieving, one can tell that the orchestra sounds very clumsy and not together at all. The sopranos sound as if they are screaming in a very non musical way to reach all of the high notes. It gets worse as the second movement approaches ("Behold all flesh is grass"). This is one of the slower approaches to the movement, and it just dosen't work, as the choir sounds very tired and sloppy. Throughout the rest of the work, one wishes that the conductor would just stop and put some emotion, some spirituality into the work, and not worry so much about technical aspects. Overall, as another review stated "a suprising dissapointment." The only redeeming factor is Kathleen Battle, who is AMAZING!