This is one of two outstanding Lyrita discs of John Ireland's orchestral music, both of which are called "Boult Conducts Ireland." If you aren't familiar with Ireland's music I would start with this disc which includes extended works for piano ("Legend" for piano & orchestra, and the Piano Concerto) as well as a big choral work, "These Things Shall Be." The "Legend" is not a virtuoso showpiece, but rather an atmospheric orchestral work that prominently features piano. The concerto, on the other hand, reflects John Ireland's background as an accomplished pianist - it's an immensely likable work with a modern feel, full of color and with plenty of opportunities for the soloist to shine (Rubinstein, Curzon, and Bachauer among others played it).
The other extended work here is "These Things Shall Be," a three movement choral work that premiered in 1937 under the baton of Adrian Boult. I am not typically fond of big choral pieces, however, "These Things Shall Be" contains some of Ireland's most dynamic writing; you would swear that Vaughan Williams had a hand in it. The short pieces on the disc are also substantial: the "Satyricon" overture and "Symphonic Studies."
With the exception of "These Things Hall Be," I've owned these recordings on vinyl for more than 30 years and am thrilled that Lyrita has finally reissued them on cd. There are other fine recordings of most of this music (I own the Bryden Thomson and Hickox recordings on Chandos, also featuring Eric Parkin on piano), but these earlier performances by Adrian Boult with Eric Parkin and the LPO are really definitive. The stereo sound is also excellent.
Most highly recommended!