It has been suggested that I invite readers to nominate British Composers whom are unjustly neglected, and in so doing suggest a work of theirs that best represents them, whether recorded or not.
I’ll start the ball rolling and give you my choice, Sir Lennox Berkeley. His concise Third Symphony, as recorded on Lyrita conducted by the composer (preferable to Richard Hickox on Chandos), is a masterpiece.
With much pleasure, I now hand over to you, your friends and your acquaintances, please cut them in to this survey (hopefully someone will choose Robert Simpson’s Fifth Symphony, on Hyperion with Vernon Handley), and you don’t have to be British to contribute, with a Comment, below…
Postscript (June 1, midday): just thought of two pieces I’d love to hear again that may have had only the one performance, both from the BBCSO, namely David Wooldridge’s Five Italian Songs (sung by Heather Harper, conducted by Michael Gielen, Proms 1979) https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/eq5q9r and Benedict Mason’s Concerto for the Viola Section (and full orchestra) https://www.wisemusicclassical.com/work/8138/Concerto-for-the-Viola-Section–Benedict-Mason/ which Lothar Zagrosek conducted. Both works made a big impression that has resonated with me to this day.