Two symphonies by this British Late Romantic composer, well-known for his film music and now – at last – becoming more appreciated for his more serious works.
That's not to imply that his often beautiful film scores were of lesser merit; like many composers who worked in that field, his distinctive traits were common language in all his music and these two fine orchestral works demonstrate his ability to conjure up atmospheric, moving and rhapsodic episodes filled with melody and tonal colours.
Both symphonies on this disc amply represent his art and offer a satisfying programme for those who enjoy this kind of music; I have a particular liking for the first symphony, but both of these pieces are absolute winners in my book.
The RLPO is conducted by David Lloyd-Jones and the recorded sound is excellent; another fine disc of music by this underrated composer from Naxos.
The CD has a playing time of 68.50 minutes.
Amazon have now stopped providing sound samples – a stupid and extremely inconvenient move for all prospective purchasers – I suggest searching YouTube or another music website for tracks from the album.
Symphonies n° 1 & n° 3 / Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liverpool - David Lloyd-Jones direction