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English music at its sumptuous best
on 22 March 2002
If you are unaware of the name 'Sir Granville Bantock' - a name in itself redolent of times gone by - then blame the arbiters of classical music who attempted to cast him into the dustbin of history, and thank the magnificent combination of Hyperion and Vernon Handley for bringing him back to a new generation of listeners.
This is music on the heroic, epic scale, as demonstrated by the huge resources that are required to play it. The themes are derived mainly from Celtic mythology, and are full of rich imagery and colour. When you hear the six harps playing together in the Celtic Symphony it is a complete revelation.
The main pieces on the CD are the 'Celtic Symphony' and 'A Hebridean Symphony'. There is an enormous amount of music here - over 73 minutes - all of which deserves to be heard. The quality of the playing is exactly as you would expect, given the conductor and orchestra (RPO).
If you are not moved and excited by this spendidly rich feast, then check your pulse!