Kenneth Leighton was an English composer who spent most of his adult life in Scotland. When he died in 1988, this CD was recorded a few months later as a tribute album. It is haunting music. The Cello Concerto was premiered when Leighton was 26. It is a dark and brooding work, centered on a few recurring motifs in the cello part. It is not an easy work to play, and Raphael Wallfisch is an excellent advocate for the piece. The Third Symphony comes from some years later. It is a far less thorny, more euphonious piece. It contains settings of words by Sir Thomas Browne, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Shelley, and the composer himself, all on the subject of music. Hence the title, The Praise of Music. The vocal line is given to a tenor, and it is highly reminiscent of Britten's operas. Neal Mackie was the soloist at the premiere, and he does a fine if sometimes taxed job on the lyrics. Throughout the CD, Bryden Thomson generates the kind of excitement in the orchestra that he always seemed to bring to British music. The sound engineering is good, if a little too resonant. I bought this disc to add to my understanding of Bryden Thomson's repertoire, but you would be well advised to buy it for the composer, too.