This is as good as any recording I know of Gliere's sprawling epic. The ancient religious chant (on bassoon and English horn) near the start is more affecting here than on any other version known to me. The epic battle between Muromets and the armies of Heaven in the finale is as exciting as in any other version and the recording is superior to most. I know that many critics say that Gliere spins out rather thin material for 70 minutes, but I have to disagree as I find this work keeps my attention and is both moving and memorable. All credit to JoAnn Falletta and the Buffalo PO. Strongly recommended.