Peggy Glanville-Hicks (1912-1990) was an Australian composer who studied with Vaughan Williams, Boulanger, Wellesz and others (and was, for a time, married to the British composer Stanley Bate whom Dutton at present seems to be reviving). Stylistically, her music might be closest to Vaughan Williams (among her teachers) - perhaps even more so to Walton - but she employs several more exotic influences (such as non-Westerns scales and modes) and avoids the more romantic tendencies of the composers mentioned. The opera Nausicaa was premiered in 1961, and the release at hand is in fact excerpts from that world premiere by the Athens Symphony Orchestra & Chorus conducted by - of all people - Carlos Surinach.
So we don't get the complete opera, but the selections work very well on their own (and the booklet gives us the complete libretto). It is a recitative-based (rather than aria-based) work based on powerful ideas but avoiding undue harmonic complexity. The story is hence simply and effectively told, but the music rises to some wonderful climaxes (containing some ecstatic choral singing) and manages to maintain interest throughout. The singing is generally admirable, especially Teresa Stratas in the title role, but the other roles are also generally well taken (John Modenos's Aethon stands out as well). The orchestral and choral performances are convincing and the recording is pretty good. In short, this is a valuable release and if Nausicaa isn't quite a timeless masterpiece it surely piques one's curiosity about the rest of the composer's output. Recommended.