In the 1970's the Musical Heritage Society licensed many Lyrita recordings for release in the United States. At the time, MHS, via their licensing arrangement with Lyrita, was practically the exclusive source for many of Britain's greatest composers. The music of Arnold Bax, E.J. Moeran, Edmund Rubbra, John Ireland, Gustav Holst, George Butterworth and many others thus became available in first class recordings, and I eagerly collected them all.
Among the Lyrita recordings offered by MHS was Rubbra's Seventh Symphony conducted by Adrian Boult, which makes up the second half of this Lyrita cd. To me, the Seventh is the pinnacle of Rubbra's symphonic output - it's modern without being at all abstract, flowing, mysterious and totally engaging. If pressed for a comparison, I would put it in the same category as Alan Hovanness's "Mysterious Mountain." It is one of the masterpieces of 20th century British symphonic music and no collection of modern music should be without it. It has held up very well to more than 30 years of listening, and I thus recommend it without reservation.
The companion piece here is Rubbra's Second Symphony, which I was unfamiliar with until acquiring this disc. To be honest, I usually go straight to the Seventh and thus haven't listened to the Second more than a couple of times; consequently I'm not knowledgable enough to comment on it.
That I award this disc 5 stars is based on the Seventh Symphony alone - any enjoyment provided by the Second Symphony should be considered a bonus.