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English Music from Lyrita

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Lyrita 269

Granville Bantock
(1868-1946)
Overture to a Greek Tragedy 1

Joseph Holbrooke
(1878-1958)
The Birds of Rhiannon 2

Cyril Rootham
(1875-1938)
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.

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