Boyd Neel was the first conductor to record Vaughan William’s Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis in 1935. He wrote:
I often feel that this wonderful work is perhaps the greatest of all achievements in string orchestral composition.
Boyd Neel (1986) The Story of an Orchestra. London: Vox Mundi, p.22.
Cited in: Holmes, John (1993) Conductors on Composers. Westport: Greenwood, p.194.