I am referring to the sound first off. This is a very well recorded CD with an excellent soundstage, clean sound, and appropriately impactful bass. In other words, this is a recording that's like being there. And what a place to be. I have another recording of Copland's Quiet City and I thought it was a nice piece of music from my favorite composer but this performance is transcendent. Hunsberger's score for band keeps the focus on the emotion in the trumpet and other wood winds. And the trumpet is so critical to this piece that having a performer of Marsalis' ability and sensitivity takes it to a whole new level for me.
I also think the Vaughan Williams music is some of his best to my ears - less edgy than his symphonies for example. Very enjoyable with his trademark other worldly harmonies. Hindemith and especially Husa are for ears accustomed to modern tonalities and rhythms. Fine in their own right and well performed but they don't take me to the same place as the other music. To put it all into perspective, the Copland piece alone is enough reason to have this CD!