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« on: March 31, 2017, 11:25:49 am »

There are several scattered Lyrita threads, so it might be better if any news of future releases is posted here to alert interested members.



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« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2017, 12:21:44 am »

Thanks, John for the advance notice of the forthcoming release of music by Gordon Crosse. I was once told that Crosse, in common with others of his ilk, got so discouraged by the neglect suffered by his music that he gave up composition for a time. It will be good to have at least a few more examples on disc. I am not sure where he might stand in any "order of merit" but his music is at least interesting and worth hearing.
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« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2017, 12:27:39 pm »

Thanks, John for the advance notice of the forthcoming release of music by Gordon Crosse. I was once told that Crosse, in common with others of his ilk, got so discouraged by the neglect suffered by his music that he gave up composition for a time. It will be good to have at least a few more examples on disc. I am not sure where he might stand in any "order of merit" but his music is at least interesting and worth hearing.
Completely agreed. What I heard of Gordon Crosse, makes him one of the finest voices from the 1960s. Am afraid he was scared away from the music scene due to the overratedness of 'experimental' music, in those years.
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« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2017, 10:51:48 pm »

Very welcome August releases:

Daniel Jones: Symphonies 2 and 11

Edmund Rubbra: Sinfonia Concertante, Prelude and Fugue on a Theme of Cyril Scott, Violin Concerto

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« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2017, 06:12:59 am »

Woo hoo!! Grin Grin
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« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2017, 11:27:11 am »

Very welcome August releases:

Daniel Jones: Symphonies 2 and 11

Edmund Rubbra: Sinfonia Concertante, Prelude and Fugue on a Theme of Cyril Scott, Violin Concerto

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Great to hear that Lyrita are so soon giving us another pair of Daniel Jones symphonies. Presumably the idea will now be to couple Nos. 3 and 12 and Nos. 5 and "13" (the Symphony in Memory of John Fussell). I do hope that the Violin and Cello Concertos are also on their agenda. (Why, why, why didn't Chandos record these symphonies when they had the chance?)

The Rubbra? Well, I am a massive admirer of Rubbra. There are of course modern recordings (by Chandos and by Naxos) of the Sinfonia Concertante and the Violin Concerto. What we really need is a modern recording of the wonderful Piano Concerto in G which has never been re-recorded since the ancient Denis Matthews version.
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« Reply #6 on: May 27, 2017, 11:41:24 am »

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What we really need is a modern recording of the wonderful Piano Concerto in G which has never been re-recorded since the ancient Denis Matthews version.

I very much second this. The Piano Concerto is one of Rubbra's finest works IMHO.
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« Reply #7 on: May 27, 2017, 12:20:12 pm »

I beg his forgiveness but there is actually a more modern version of the Rubbra Piano Concerto in G- although if you are not fortunate enough to have it the cd is probably unobtainable now. In February 1976 Robert Simpson got the London Symphony Orchestra into the BBC studios at Maida Vale under Vernon Handley and, in the presence of the composer, got them to record the Piano Concerto with Malcolm Binns as soloist, the Soliloquy for cello and orchestra (Raphael Sommer) and the sublime Symphony No.4. BBC Radio Classics/Carlton Classics released the cd in 1997. It has long since disappeared from circulation but I am lucky enough to have bought it at the time. Harmonically apparently so simple the concerto really does demonstrate Rubbra at the height of his powers, capable of such depth of feeling, of that unique "spirituality" which defies mere analysis.
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« Reply #8 on: May 29, 2017, 05:13:13 pm »

I have found the details of these two August releases on Amazon.

The Rubbra Sinfonia Concertante is performed with the composer as soloist with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Hugo Rignold and was broadcast in May 1967. The Violin Concerto, played by Endre Wolf with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Rudolf Schwarz, comes from a broadcast in February 1960.

The Chandos Sinfonia Concertante (Howard Shelley and Richard Hickox)dates from 1996 while the Naxos Violin Concerto with Krysia Osostowicz and Takuo Yuasa was recorded in 2004. Both recordings are naturally in stereo.

Presumably Lyrita thinks that these 50+ year old mono recordings deserve to be heard. They may well be right. I hope that they are since I love Rubbra's music. But I cannot claim to immediate or automatic enthusiasm. Quite honestly I would not buy this cd until and unless the reviews of others can convince me to do so. If I was lucky enough to be responsible for Lyrita's release policy I would be asking the serious question-do these performances justify revival when there are excellent modern versions available?

If the answer is indeed "yes" then I will have my doubts removed and will be delighted......
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« Reply #9 on: May 30, 2017, 10:57:48 am »

Reluctantly agree: hate to sound ungrateful - as far as I'm concerned ANY Lyrita release is welcome - but this seems an odd selection, and a pretty low priority given there must be rarer repertoire waiting to be released, although it will be interesting to hear Rubbra perform. Still, I too will be very happy to be proved wrong...
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« Reply #10 on: May 30, 2017, 02:29:37 pm »

Reluctantly agree: hate to sound ungrateful - as far as I'm concerned ANY Lyrita release is welcome - but this seems an odd selection, and a pretty low priority given there must be rarer repertoire waiting to be released, although it will be interesting to hear Rubbra perform. Still, I too will be very happy to be proved wrong...

I can see the "historical interest" in having the composer as pianist in the Sinfonia Concertante and the recording of the Violin Concerto was the work's premiere. But is that enough to justify........?
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« Reply #11 on: May 30, 2017, 07:48:17 pm »

I remember when Gordon Crosse seemed to up-and-coming, but then he just vanished from view. He had a penchant for writing pieces that sounded like Britten knock-offs, even if they weren't musically. If Britten wrote a piece for tenor, horn and strings, then Crosse would have one two.

Incidentally, if I were a composer, I would like to write a work called "Serenade for Tenor Horn and Strings". The would confuse people (and demonstrate the difference a comma makes).
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« Reply #12 on: June 30, 2017, 09:24:36 am »

And I see the early broadcasts of George Lloyd 6 & 7 are scheduled for the autumn...
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« Reply #13 on: June 30, 2017, 12:07:05 pm »

And I see the early broadcasts of George Lloyd 6 & 7 are scheduled for the autumn...

Do we need those on a mono CD when there are good studio stereo recordings?
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« Reply #14 on: June 30, 2017, 03:34:15 pm »

Well...some people might (Lloyd fans especially) but, although I certainly like Lloyd's music I am afraid that this is another example of Lyrita recycling old radio broadcasts of music which is, as just been said, already available, not just in stereo sound but in performances conducted with authority by the composer himself. It would be unlikely therefore -as with the forthcoming Rubbra disc- that I will be rushing to buy this cd. When there must be so much music recorded by Richard Itter which is Not otherwise available this seems strange policy.
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