My best would have to be two recordings I found that proved to be a revelatory experience. On the drive home from performing in Micanopy one Sunday I happened to come in on a piece I'd never heard before. It seemed like a concerto for orchestra and had some really engaging music. I listened to the end and it was Osmo Vanska conducting the Minnesota Orchestra in Aho's Symphony #2 (Insect Symphony). I immediately got on line and ordered a copy (BIS 936) and reveled in the experience again. I am not going to attempt to put into words what I hear when I listen to this music but anything with a movement titled "The Dung Beetles (Grief over the Stolen Ball of Dun) has got to be heard. Next was one I hesiatated over before ordering. It is Glenn Gould and Leonard Bernstein in Gould's interpretation of Brahms' Piano Concerto #1 SONY 7464-60675). It was controversial mainly because of the slowness of the first movement (almost half an hour) but what an ear-opener! It is more brooding and Romantic than any other performance I have listened to. The sound is also very good. As for the controversial pre-concert comments by the conductor, they don't seem as negative as the press they got. Bob Stumpf The Intellectual Hobo.