I agree wholeheartedly with Colin Mackie's comments on the lack of P.Racine Fricker's music on CD. The Second Symphony that is available is now a good many years old and is crying out to have a new version recorded. His amazing, award winning, first Symphony I have on an old cassette taken from the original LP recording many many moons ago. It is an outstandingly emotional and stunning work that NEEDS to be back in the repertoire. What are these companies playing at when they will happily record the likes of Bowen, Searle and Frankel (all of whom I admire) and yet won't look at Fricker on the suspiciously dubious grounds of "not selling". There are other composers of the same period that need looking at and revisiting such as Ian Hamilton, especially his Symphonic works. There is a market for this product however small so I can only plead along with everyone else for a company to do something that will restore Fricker and his work to the rightful place in the musical output. Do these companies not also realise that they have a massive untapped market in the USA where he lived and worked for nearly 30 years. Humphrey Searle and Ben Frankel did not and yet they are happy to record these composers. their excuses do not ring true.
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