Mention the name Blyton, and the inevitable response is Enid and Noddy. But not everyone knows that Enid had a composer nephew he died earlier this year who, aside from originating some charming educational material, wrote a modest corpus of fine songs. Carey Blyton's Lyrics From the Chinese for Voice and String Orchestra (1953-8) set English translations of various ancient texts, starting with Aubade and peach blossoms after rain, anticipated in musical terms by the falling cadences of a brief but lovely Prelude. Anyone with an ear for Vaughan Williams, Delius or Britten can't fail to respond, especially as the tenor Ian Partridge offers Blyton such gentle and vocally honeyed reportage. The structure allows for a Prelude, seven varied songs and two interludes, a seamless lyrical thread ably woven by the Britten Sinfonia under Nicholas Cleobury. The Britten Sinfonia conducted by Nicholas Cleobury, Ian Partridge, tenor, Jennifer Partridge. Superbly orchestrated and beautifully played and sung. Recorded in 1999 and 2000 at The Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Aldeburgh.