Until 1986, the Sullivan Cello Concerto amounted to no more than a footnote in any standard history of the Savoy operas. Originally performed in 1866, the score was destroyed in 1964, but the Cello part did survive and the conductor, Sir Charles Mackerras, considered that he could reconstruct it based on his memories of a performance from 1953. So, is there any merit to this work? The answer is yes, provided that you're not a musical snob. It must be admitted that in his purely orchestral works, Sullivan did not have a very good grasp of structure, and that is clear in this particular score, as well as in his only symphony, also included here. That said, this Concerto is bright and breezy, and typically of Sullivan is full of good tunes. The only downside is that Julian Lloyd Webber is simply not good enough for the solo part, especially the fiendish final movement. Readers will probably be aware that the Concerto has just been performed at the Proms by Paul Watkins, and this finally did justice to Sullivan's work. It apparently has been re-recorded, and I would say that the latter would be a much better bet. The remainder of the disc is well-worth hearing, especially the 'Irish' Symphony, impeccably conducted by Sir Charles Groves, and the 'Di Ballo' overture. The other neglected gem here is the Elgar 'Romance'. In this much gentler piece, though, LLoyd Webber is more than adequate.