I just got the November 2004 issue of EM and it contained an absolutely glowing review of GPO.
"Garritan Personal Orchestra sets a new standard for power, affordability, and efficiency for orchestral sample libraries. The sounds are great, and the implementation of individual players to create ensembles is innovative and hopefully, trendsetting among sample developers."
The only negative comment the reviewer had, was in his opinion the sound quality was not quite as good as the large, high end, expensive libraries. But it's darn close.