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The four colourfully orchestrated Celtic Dances (1972) make a diverting foil to VW’s early masterpiece ‘A London Symphony’. Hughes’s young players give as characterful a version as any subsequent to the 1952 Boult and ’56 Barbirolli. The orchestra’s principal strength is in its wind sections – bassoons in the scherzo, for instance. The 2008 Cardiff production has plenty of stereo information and the chimes of the hansom cabs are beautifully balanced.

—CB