As a caveat, let me say I am not a musician. That, in my experience in the past, will not lessen the rage that professionals in the field will have of a lay person presuming to just say he likes the music. I'll say it: I like this. What I don't like is the libretto. Or, perhaps, that it is in English. In German, Armenian, Russian or some other language I don't know the banality would not interfere with the beauty of the musical composition. To an anglophone the text is worse than simplistic.
But to professionals in music, as in most creative fields, the curse Hovhaness endured was that he wasn't composing music substantially like other composers of this time. Poets, writers, photographers, sculptors, actors, or anyone in the arts must create what is currently approved. One can't go back to a previous style, one can't be way out front of curve, one can't copy one's peers too slavishly, one must win awards, get reviewed, have the right credentials ...
Contrary to what one might expect, the Arts are just as tough on non-conformity as any conservative corporation, religion, government, or political party. You had better do what other artists expect you to do. Maybe Hovhaness didn't meet all these criteria. Bernstein and Copland disparaged his work at Tanglewood so much that he left.
This work is beautiful to hear although I thought I could hear some audio 60Hz hum or buzz at a very low level in the soft passages possible as a result of the recording engineer having an off day. This is the un-cola of 20th century classical music composing. I think many who have heard little of Hovhaness will enjoy this CD enormously. We can depend of the college professors of music to fill in the details I omitted. Mea culpa.