Peter Reed ended his review with “a stupendous performance of a great work.” Peter was referring to Vaughan Williams’s Fourth Symphony (1935) as conducted by Ryan Wigglesworth on May 13 in the Barbican Hall, Indeed, a white-hot performance of raw emotions and – slow movement – inhospitable landscapes that demands a listen. (BTW, the R3 announcer gets it wrong: Boult conducted the premiere, not the composer; he made the first recording.)

Since May 13, Wigglesworth and the BBCSO have been to Aldeburgh to unveil Oliver Knussen’s Cleveland Pictures,, and my review includes a thumbs-up mention for Wigglesworth’s own Clocks from a Winter’s Tale as recorded by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra with the composer conducting.