I do so agree with the others who have posted! I have been trying to do my best for Fricker on the Classical Good Music Guide Forum.
I also treasure my ancient Louisville First Edition LP with Robert Whitney conducting the splendidly powerful 1st Symphony recorded(presumably) during the 1950s. I had hoped that this would be reissued on CD but the project to bring out the old Louisville recordings on First Edition Music seems to have ground to a halt(for financial reasons?).
Fricker made the 'mistake' of accepting his professorship at Santa Barbara in the mid-1960s. As with Iain Hamilton, who went to Duke University, North Carolina, this removed him from the consciousness of the British musical establishment and his music was forgotten. Fricker and Hamilton are the two most scandalously neglected British composers of their generation(now that Richard Arnell has come in from the cold!).
I have long yearned to hear his big choral work 'The Vision of Judgement' written for the Leeds Festival after reading about so many years ago in the Penguin Guide to Choral Music.
I used to have the 3rd, 4th and 5th symphonies on reel-to-reel tape but they are unplayable now sadly!
IF any company is ever bold enough to record some Fricker it will earn my deepest thanks!
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