I have lived with this 4th for many months now and my title does not describe what the disc means to me.
We Brits like to think that one our own really makes it in very tough music like this and Wigglesworth seemed full of promise in his rather fine 7th.
I agree with the reviewer above that the rendition is too polite but he is kinder than I. Wigglesworth's much hyped light and shade is just exagerrated mannerism in a great work, aided and abetted by the engineers at BIS who recorded the whole event too timidly. Indeed, their dynamic levels in SACD and 2C are a disgrace, almost as if attempts at subtlety have gone to their heads.
The overall result is a distant reflection of a truly great and thrilling work in which the conductor fails to find the shape of the 4th at large or in its many 'sub plots'.
This symphony needs muscle with precision and sensitivity as we hear in the underrated Previn, Haitink,Jansons and of course Ormandy.
The Dutch orchestra here is fine but cannot breathe or flex its muscles under the conductor's wanderings and being starved of air by misguided engineers.
Precious as in 'preciosity' and not worth full price.