Glad you enjoyed it! ;) About the sound, I'm not sure either, I think it's partly the Sage Hall and partly me trying to always improve my sound. But I think you're right about the sound being clearer than usual. One thing I was more attentive to this time, is making sure certain sounds didn't overlap too much with following passages. Ex. a timp or bass drum hit, if you are not using the secco hit, don't let the sound ring for ever. Certain instruments, depending on range and dynamic, tend to ring longer and should be cut off at a certain point.
Yes, the snare was key in the orchestration, it made all the difference and getting the right accents, and in places it was fun to be creative a bit beyond the score.