The mention of a performance of The Gothic at this year's proms has set me off on a search again for one of my favourite neglected British composers.
I remember years ago when I was at school listening to Brian's 10 and 21 on Unicorn - the first commercial recording of his symphonies scandalously left, as the Gramophone reviewer said, to an amateur orchestra.
There was a lso a really good coupling of 6 and 16 on Lyrita - two very compressed, and in my opinion quite original, works.
Alas the only CD I have is a double EMI classics of Brian's 7 8 9 and 31. Recordings from the 70's and 80's - Groves/Mackerras and the Royal Liverpool Phil.
So can anyone recommend any more recent recordings on CD that are out there in the musical ether? Any favourites?
Hats off to Calum McDonald who brought out a trilogy of books on Brian's symphonic oeuvre and who has done a great deal to establish him as a worthy symponist but I only have volume three.
Anyone new to Brian - you ought to try him - craggy, eccentric, wonderfully British symponist!