Anthony Collins: Complete Decca Recordings – Australian Eloquence 484 1467 (2021) [14 CDs complete content listed below, 14 hrs 17:35] *****:. Anthony Collins (1893-1963), violist and composer turned conductor, has long deserved my personal re-assessment: the British conductor, the second (after Sixten Ehrling) to record the complete Sibelius symphony-cycle, had lost some credence in my estimate when I first compared his 1952 Tallis Fantasia by Vaughan Williams (here on CD 11) against the seething performance of the work from Dimitri Mitropoulos with the New York Philharmonic. When I noted, however, that Eloquence had assembled the Collins Decca complete recordings, I requested the set deliberately, prepared to evaluate Collins on his own terms. Certainly, Collins’ repute as a composer of film scores needs no apology: his music for Nurse Edith Cavell, Allegheny Uprising, Destroyer, and Macao well stand out in my cinematic lexicon, and Collins scored some 30 movies. Listening to Collins’ Vaughan Williams and Elgar now, I find his interpretations direct, sober, immaculately clear, and dramatically energized, aided by fine Decca sound produced by the likes of Kenneth Wilkinson, James Walker, and Victor Olof. The producers of this hearty retrospective give us a mere bit of Collins’ own classical compositions recorded in 1954, his transparent Vanity Fair and the buoyant With Emma to Town, modest offerings, considering that his Violin Concerto (for Louis Kaufman) and a pair of symphonies grace his catalogue. .