Well, I didn't see this one coming! Seaman's long tenure with the Rochester Philharmonic, now coming to an end, has given us this late bloom, and it's a really fabulous account of the London. Not the least recommendation is the SACD recording quality, startling even to a hardened listener like me. Seaman's painstaking attention to every detail of the score is matched by the engineering: I'm struggling to think of any other version on record (and I think I've got them all) where literally everything is clearly audible, from the opening basses -- usually just a dull rumble, but here you can hear bows on rosin! -- to the dying away of the Epilogue. However, the conductor has clearly also spent a huge amount of time studying the score and deciding how each and every phrase should be rendered, and his reading often deviates quite sharply from what we are used to. That is not a criticism -- everything convinced me, especially the rhythms of unprecedented perkiness in the scherzo, and in the shimmering string beats in the second movement, the emotional heart of the symphony, which often blend (pleasingly, it must be said) into one legato line, but are here very deftly given as separate quiet pulses. But there are telling details like this all the way through. Forgive the schoolboyish enthusiasm, but I feel this is the version of the London I have been waiting for, and I really recommend it to new listeners and old Vaughan Williams lags alike. I wouldn't be without the Hickox recording of the original version on Chandos, but this one is a cracker.