Overture to a Greek Tragedy 1
The Birds of Rhiannon 2
Symphony #1 2
1 Philharmonia Orchestra/Nicholas Braithwaite
2 London Philharmonic Orchestra/Vernon Handley
Lyrita SRCD269 62:30
A concert comprising Bantock's moody overture, Holbrooke's fairly gentle tone poem, and Rootham's engaging symphony. There are echoes of such composers as Ralph Vaughan Williams, Arnold Bax, a touch of Edward Elgar, even Ernst Moeran. The heart of the half-hour symphony is its beautiful slow movement with similarities to Vaughan Williams' Pastoral Symphony and occasionally William Walton's 1st.