This is a highly enjoyable CD of rare British orchestral works. Dorothy Howell's symphonic poem Lamia strikes you immediately as an orchestral wonder with fantastic orchestration. This is all the more remarkable as the composer was 20 at the time of the first performance. The piece was very highly regarded by Sir Henry Wood and you can hear why. The largest work on this CD is Maurice Blower's Symphony in C. This was evidently discovered in the composer's papers in the attic after his death. The score was complete but some work has been done in readiness for performance and recording, although it is stressed these are not significant changes to the work. This is an extremely colourful work and tonal throughout. Holbrooke's Variations on "The Girl I Left Behind Me" is a fun piece and as the booklet points out would not be out of place in the Last Night of the Proms. The CD is beautifully recorded with an informative booklet on these very worthy works but sadly ever heard. Well done for making them available.
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