This is one of the finest symphonies written during the last century, but sadly it is virtually unknown. Herbert Blomstedt made a fine recording in the 1960's which, in my opinion, still remains the definitive performance. Andrew Davis's interpretation is fine, but lacks the drive and dramatic tension of Blomstedt's version. Nevertheless, it is good to have a modern recording of this work.
If you are unfamiliar with this music, it will appeal to anyone who responds to Nielsen, Hindemith or Shostakovich (although it is quite unlike these composers). The symphony begins with a twelve-note motif, but the idiom is predominantly tonal. The last movement is one of the most beautiful and moving finales of any symphony I can think of. I just hope that Naxos decide to record a Rosenberg cycle, as this gifted composer deserves a wider audience.