Thankyou for the compliments. I’m using Cubase Artist (32 track limit is still a nightmare for this kind of stuff, the woodwind section is completely absent in this piece.)
The samples libraries are; EWQL Hollywood Strings, Hollywood Brass, Stormdrum 2, Voices of Passion (only the few notes after intro,) Silk (for the Chinese instruments Erhu and Dizi.) There are some Choir Aahs in there but they sound too bad to have any louder. EWQL Symphonic Choirs is my next purchase
One of the biggest differences to the sound quality was purchasing QL Spaces reverb plugin, the amount of clarity it brings makes it one of my most undervalued products until I heard the difference it made in orchestral recordings.
I use Izotope Ozone 5 (not the pro version yet) for mastering because I don’t even understand what all the things involved in mastering do and stuff, it’s such a big area to learn and master (if you pardon the pun xD .) The preset I use is Symphonic - Choir, and I just tweak it from the stuff I learned in the manual and try to learn a new thing each time.