There's no competition for this recording so you can't get an idea how another conductor, orchestra en production team would commit these works to disc but in the meantime: be happy Chandos continues to record the Weinberg symphonies, there're still a lot of volumes to go, and buy it. Orchestral playing is very good, recording warm and spacious, even has some admirable depth. Could have been a good `normal DDD-recording' too though. The ballet suite is very Prokofiev-like (Cinderella f.i.) and the symphony fails to chose between Shostakovitch's irony, folk song, form and meaning and the Zhadov doctrine. But in Weinberg's canon it's a link not to be missed. If you're lucky you own an Olympia CD of the complete ballet; it was issued light-years ago and is only obtainable at very high prices. The suite is great too but the movements have different titles than in the original ballet and musical numbers are combined (by Weinberg). In the olden LP times a running time of 50 minutes was great; a SACD can easily handle 100 so it's a bit of a Chandos joke that this SACD is over at 50 minutes. The picture inside the booklet of the orchestra with Gustavo Dudamel is a joke too. He isn't even visible because the page is folded right through his nearly invisible back! LOL. Informative booklet notes BTW.