No doubt this is true, but I wonder if anyone remembers their first complete outing on disc, an LP on the very short-lived Prelude label (Prelude 2506), published in 1976. This may have been Richard Hickox's recording debut, it certainly documents a very early stage in an illustrious career. The "Richard Hickox Singers" list some notable names among their ranks. Penelope Walmsley-Clark is among the sopranos (and the soloist in The Blue Bird), while the basses include Stephen Varcoe (not yet a soloist, evidently) and Paul Hillier. This LP presented op.119 in numerical order, which would please both Michael Cookson and Nick Barnard. It also had The Haven and Heraclitus. Though it therefore contained no Stanford that we cannot now hear on the new Somm issue, it would be a pity if it remained in limbo for ever.
Furthermore, the "other side" had partsongs by Parry (6 Modern Lyrics plus two more), some of which have not been recorded since.
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