Talking of Sibelius ...
'The fact that I'm a Sibelian would ... certainly explain why I was quite bowled over by the (Rubbra) Fifth' said Philip on Desert island diversion. Philip, do you know the Sibelius influenced (listen to the closing bars) Symphony in G minor by the Norfolk bred E. J. Moeran? The sleeve above is my 1975 Lyrita LP. It is now transferred to CD, alas without the stunning Turner painting 'Storm Clouds: Sunset' The Boult Lyrita account is superior to Tod Handley on Chandos. In fact Sir Adrian's account is one of his many great underrated recordings, and, of course, the Lyrita sound is sensational. I would also recommend the Moeran Violin and Cello Concertos and, indeed, the Rubbra Violin and Viola Concertos. I have the long-deleted Tod Handley Conifer CD of the Rubbra Concertos with Tasmin Little and Rivka Golani as soloists. The two concertos are available separately with different couplings on other labels. And talking of Norfolk and sunsets, there is a A Norfolk Rhapsody here.
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Seriously though, my error. He was raised in Norfolk. Where his father was Rector at Bacton, now famous as the terminus for the North Sea gas pipeline - nearly as bad as Heston.
I've amended the post.
I have an LP of Douglas Lilburn's Second Symphony coupled with two of his other works. The symphony is played by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ashley Heenan, the label is Jerusalem Records.
Did you know his Brahms symphony cycle was started by making an unscheduled recording of the Third Symphony to use two spare sessions caused by the early completion of his recordings of VW's Job and Elgar's Enigma Variations in August 1970?
Other Boult gems worth seeking out on LP or CD are his Brahms Serenades and Schubert Great C Major, his 'bleeding chunks' of Wagner, and a Beethoven 6 with all the repeats.
Pliable, I had heard that about Boult's Brahms cycle. I must say that I am glad I have also his recordings of the symphonies from 1953-4. The playing of LPO is not up to snuff, the recordings obviously dated, but I do think the conducting is truly exceptional, Boult at his peak. The Brahms serenades and the Schubert C Major I have -- performances to treasure. I also have a BBC Legends issue (BBCL 4039-2) of concert performances that illustrates wonderfully the point that a truly great conductor ( and this goes for instrumentalists as well, in fact) can work magic in just about any repertoire, for there we have marvellous performances of Ravel's Daphnis, Bizet's Jeux d'Enfants, Schubert's 'Unfinished' and, a real stunner, Sibelius' Seventh.