I had very high hopes for this release, based in large part on the number of reviews I'd read on amazon and elsewhere. And being a surround sound addict, I was anxious to hear how the various divertimenti presented here would sound in a multi-channel format. But one of the main reasons I bought this double disc was its inclusion of Bela Bartok's "Divertimento for Strings."
Alas, this is not my favorite performance of the Bartok piece, which is among his most accessible works and which has become something of a classic in the modern classical repertoire. It's impeccably recorded, of course, and the surround mix is quite balanced and appealing without being over the top. However, my preferred recording remains that of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, which to my ears is far more energetic.
Still, this release has its great moments, and IMHO the greatest of them is the3 "Carmina" by Terje Bjorklund. It's an absolutely gorgeous performance. The Britten and Bacewicz pieces included here ("Simple Symphony" and "Concerto for String Orchestra," respectively) also are quite good.
So: Yes, I would recommend this to surround fans hungry for classical in the multi-channel format. As for the Bartok ... in my opinion, you can't have too many versions of his "Divertimento" anyway.