From Schmidt's biography I understand that this symphony was written in memory of his recently deceased daughter. It is commendable that he did not over-indulge his profound grief as lesser composers probably would have done. The music brims with wonderful melodic invention.
Kreizberg and the NPO explore the emotional depths of this wonderful music with more warmth than the other version I know (Welser-Möst and the London Symphony) which is especially apparent in the more pronouced and therefore more menacing drum rolls under the funeral march.
The instrumental solos are performed very well and the overall sound is full and clear (e.g. the harp arpeggios are clearly audible). Being a SACD, perhaps it depends on your audio system whether you can enjoy the full dynamic range of the recording; I had no trouble with it and enjoyed every minute (except for some unidentified background noises in two places; probably the conductor's voice).
An added bonus is the orchestral music from Notre Dame, more conservative in style, but if you like late romantic music in general and Schmidt
in particular, it is a welcome addition.
Very warmly recommended.