After hearing an interview with JoAnne Falletta with brief exerpts from this CD on NPR last Sunday, I ran right out and bought it. Converse composed lush, romantic, Wagnerian/Straussian music in the early 20th Century U.S., and if you like that type of music, (and I do!), this is a real feast. Although the music is thoroughly grounded in Europe, it also clearly breathes American air. And the homages to Strauss, and more strikingly, Wagner, are often quite surprizing, even revelatory. Perhaps more importantly, unlike say, Szymanowski or Scriabin, Converse avoided slavish imitation. At a slight distance, the sound is gorgeous, but close up on the headphones there are frequent, irritating noises. Perhaps the recording was miked very closely and picked up a lot of the page-turning, or maybe my disc has a manufacturing defect. In any case though, this music is well worth hearing and having.