This is arguably the most tepid Beethoven Ninth ever committed to disc - and that is saying something as there are many 'shabby shockers' in the Derby. It is underpowered, underwhelming and short-winded. The soloists acquit themselves well, but they cannot offset the tedium of the first four movements. It actually miniaturises Beethoven far worse than period practice (say, Norrington) at its most pedantic.
Really, a man's gotta know his limitations. This comment applies to you, me and Sir Neville.
If you have a taste for the macabre, purchase this disc.