I agree with just about everything the other reviewer, Scott Morrison, has written, but I'm giving this one star fewer than he. First, the positive elements in these performances: the orchestral playing seems to me very accomplished, and the Naxos engineers have largely done it justice. The strings sound wonderful, whether playing loud or soft, and the woodwinds, which feature prominently in both symphonies, but especially in the Fourth, are excellent. I could wish for a bit more "presence" in the sound -- a little more like Chandos provides for Vernon Handley -- but I can't really say that I can't hear what's there to be heard. So, credit too to David Lloyd-Jones, for eliciting that lovely sound. I agree with Morrison too that Mendelssohn seems to be the model here (whether consciously or not). The liner notes reference Brahms, Schumann, and Mendelssohn, but there's none of Schumann's emotional extravagance and none of the knotty denseness with which Brahms works out his material. And even Mendelssohn, in the last movement of the "Scottish," for example, gives us something more arousing than Stanford provides. I'm most taken by the Fourth Symphony, which I would stress despite my comments above is NOT boring. It's very well constructed and beautifully orchestrated -- in other words, a thoroughly professional job. But in the movements the themes are too alike in character to set up any drama in the development. The first movement of the Fourth starts with an appealing toe-tapping spring, and is followed by a lovely undulating theme, which, however, seems to grow out of the first than set up a strong contrast with it. The toe-tapping takes on a more dance-like character in the beginning of the fourth movement and leads to a lively conclusion. The third is the most engaging movement (and the longest) with an agitato quality to its opening theme that is found nowhere else in the symphony, and in that movement we have the two most involving climaxes in the whole piece. The Seventh Symphony is about 13 minutes shorter -- for me its highlights are the lovely and ingeniously scored variations in the third movement, although the other movements are accomplished but not very emotionally engaging. For all my reservations, though, I would pay money to hear a live performance of the Fourth.