One of my ‘lost and found’ CDs,, is this Lyrita treasure of music by (mostly) George Butterworth and Herbert Howells, the former short-lived (1885-1916, killed in action during World War I), the latter long (1892-1983). Howells’s soulful and impassioned Elegy (1917) for viola (Herbert Downes), string quartet (Desmond Bradley, Gillian Eastwood, Albert Cayzer & Norman Jones) and strings (New Philharmonia Orchestra) is conducted with such sympathy and insight by Sir Adrian Boult in one of his many Indian Summer visits to the studio.

Also, Sir Adrian’s recording of Howells’s Concerto for String Orchestra. On LP, graphically captured on this YouTube presentation, the coupling was Sir Arthur Bliss’s Music for Strings. Sir Adrian premiered both works.