Buxter's review of the Walter/Vienna is right on. The orchrestra is not "big-band" sounding, yet has a full, rich presentation.. The orchestra's sections can be heard distinctly yet with incredible intergration, as Buxter's review, (mics were place properly and great engineering!!), except the quality is poor due to its 1940's date. I find the recording unusual in a good way, can't say exactly why???... the orchestra is playing with ease and like they're all happy! Tempo is excellent in all 4 movements, and the orchestra is all-star. Strings have a better sound than most modern recordings. Recommendable in spite of sound quality issure. (refer to Buxter's excellent review in the other 41st sym thread) Kublick/Barvarian takes the opening movement way,way, too slow.(this I believe is studio, not Sugarbrie's Live version). On the Pinnock...]-+%#?!@&:!^#=??... Conclusion, you can't go wrong on the; Klemperer/Philharmonia,Walter/Vienna,Walter/Columbia,Levine/Chicago,Levine/Vienna. When is someone going to start a Shostakovich thread?? I've been getting into his works lately. Very powerful compositions!!