Decca: British Music Collection



Decca’s ‘British Music Collection’, launched earlier this year with Andrew Litton’s commemorative WALTON box (reviewed in June), continues its exploration of the musical heritage of these islands with a substantial batch of reissues.

I’ll mention just a few here, though most are worth investigating. Solti’s charismatic and highly charged ELGAR symphonies (473 082-2, £14.99) with the LPO offer novel perspectives on these works, complimenting but never eclipsing Boult’s EMI versions with the same orchestra.

Don’t miss Kyung-Wha Chung’s volcanic performance of the Violin Concerto, the highlight of a second Elgar compilation (473 085-2, £14.99).

Even without The Garden of Fand, Decca’s ARNOLD BAX collection (473 080-2, £10.99) provides a worthwhile overview, but note that Boult’s majestic 1955 Tintagel was recorded monaurally.


There’s just room to mention that Colin Davis’s definitive LSO recordings of TIPPETT’s Symphonies Nos 1-3 are also available (473 092-2, £14.99).