So ... it takes a special kind of idiot to ignore the technical details and therefore assume this will be a CD that contains more than 4 hours of audio ... we live in the age of the idiot so I guess it's to be expected.
Anyway, this is an SACD only disc. That's S.A.C.D. Got that? OK ...
If you have an SACD player or multi-disc DVD player (like an Oppo), this is an absolute bargain.
I will admit right away that I was having a little hunt for some discs to entertain me while I got down to some robust decorating ... which is possibly a pretty odd criteria ... but of course my point is I was up for something that I could stick into the player and leave playing for a few hours (I also got the Mendelssohn complete concertos ... equally good).
Anyway, I have quite a bit of sympathy for ole Mendelssohn ... all this 'he peaked at 17' is nonsense ('nonsense' here used in place of the expletive I'd naturally prefer).
At the moment he seems to be assigned the category of rather conservative also-ran ... not a major composer, probably not minor but certainly with little to contribute.
This, I think, is a mistake but on the plus side will no doubt lead to a healthy revision at some point (much like the rise, or re-rise, of Schubert that currently seems unstoppable).
There is considerable drama within these symphonies. And the sense of a composer at play, playing with possibility, pushing his melodic sense. I was surprised by how interested I became ... needless to say the music completely screwed with my attempts at home decor, as I became more and more involved with the pieces. I had imagined it would all get so repetitive and become fundamentally uninspiring, but at least provide the audio version of valium But I ended up binning the brushes and settling for the listening experience.
So ... cheap, quality, value etc. Crazy not to buy it (just as long as you can play it).