I have waited for a phoenix like reappearance of the Rootham Symphony for decades. It is a wonderful work, featuring memorable tunes and great slapping chords from the brass. Rootham was the teacher of Arthur Bliss and both composers write bracing, open air and life affirming music (as in Bliss's A Colour Symphony). It would also, I believe, appeal to admirers of the great Moeran Symphony and there are echoes of Vaughan Williams (the "big tune" in the last movement of Rootham's Symphony has resonances of a similar moment at the end of the first movement of Vaughan Williams's 6th Symphony). Rootham's Symphony is the highpoint of the CD but the Bantock work is also atmospheric and memorable. The Holbrooke is perhaps less interesting but still worth hearing. Performances and recording are excellent.