I readily acknowledge that I am an ardent lover of Mendelssohn's music including his famous Hebrides overture, Midsummer Night's Dream overture and incidental music, violin concerto, and symphonies. His most famous, and most often played, symphonies are his Scottish and Italian symphonies, both of which are outstanding and deserve their popularity. But, in my opinion, Mendelssohn's symphonic masterpiece is the vastly-underrated and seldom played Reformation Symphony. While the Scottish and Italian symphonies are well composed and delightful to listen to, the Reformation Symphony is majestic as well as beautiful and ends with the full orchestra playing fortissimo the beautiful hymn A Mighty Fortress is Our God. Since I love this symphony so much I have listened to and acquired many performances of it over several decades, unfortunately finding one after another performance -- many by big name conductors -- to be not fully worthy of this masterpiece, I finally acquired this budget Naxos CD which is the finest performance of this symphony I've ever heard. It has the distinction of being both subtly and majestically played as required by the music. If you are not familiar with this great symphony, or have rejected it after being disappointed by some insensitive performance, please acquire this budget CD and hear how beautifully magnificent this great symphony is. Mendelssohn's youthful Symphony No. 1 makes a pleasant filler, but the Reformation Symphony is the reason to acquire this CD.