Classic FM Magazine

Elgar’s Second is a notoriously tricky warhorse, but the youngsters of the (here we go) Cerddorfa Genedlaethol Ieunctid Cymru acquit themselves splendidly, with a particularly heartfelt reading of the great second movement and a stirring contribution form the percussion department. But, of course, they are in a competitive marketplace and one could not in all honesty prefer this version to Barbirolli’s , say, or Handley’s. The Hoddinott, however, is not otherwise available – three short folk-inspired pieces, which the Welsh players have obviously taken to their hearts. Whether the Investiture Dances make this sufficient reason to invest is a moot point.

(Awarded three stars)

—Jeremy Nicholas