Challenging and rewarding are the two attributes that come to mind here.
I'm still learning my way in these waters so I can't get too technical but I got what I wanted which was emotion, scale, intensity and a feel for the epic. It's a symphony with a few twists & turns, menacing build ups & violent climaxes - which (as a Rock/Metal fan) is right in my court!
I particularly noticed a lot of very loud, intense percussion which is quite fitting as I believe this symphony to have a World War 2 based theme. Certainly the militaristic passages are there along with the horror & reflection of the great conflict.
Sound quality is excellent, absoluteley perfect - and the CD comes with detailed liner notes, essential for the novice cum scholar like me!