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Re: Tim's enquiry regarding the Edward Downes (RCA) recording of Bax's Third Symphony.
Sadly there seems little likelihood of this being reissued in the forseable future (I hope that I am wrong). I got into a bit of trouble over this as Caractacus Downes at Lyrita did suggest that there was some kind of tentative idea of releasing this on Lyrita (after all, Lyrita did issue EMI recordings of Malcolm Williamson Elevamini Symphony etc)but it has become subsequently clear that this was just a vague idea and no discussions, as far as I know, ever materialised between RCA and Lyrita about this. I then mentioned it here whereupon Lyrita were inundated with congratulatory emails from Music Web Bax fans and I was told, by Mr Downes, to "curb my natural enthusiasm". Len was then obliged to issue a disclaimer stating that there was no prospect of a Lyrita release of the Downes recording (although I did not hallucinate my original conversation with Mr Downes).
Anyway PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT LYRITA ABOUT THIS!
As for the recording, it is my favourite. Maybe that is because I grew up with it, listening to the LP over and over again in the listening room at Lancaster University Library in the early 1970s when I should have been writing history essays! Critical opinion is divided over it although its companion on the LP "The Happy Forest" tends to be universally regarded as a wonderful performance.
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