Of course McCabe is not alone in this neglect. Fortunate indeed that all seven of the symphonies of David Matthews have been recorded(Dutton and NMC) or Christopher Gunning-six of whose seven are on cd. It is to the credit of Naxos that they have reissued the first six of the nine symphonies of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, previously available on the Collins label, but what now of Nos. 7, 8 and 9. And what of such neglected figures as David Ellis, Malcolm Lipkin or John Maxwell Geddes-each of whom has three symphonies to his name? Or John Pickard's superb Symphonies Nos. 2 and 3 (with No.5 to receive is premiere in 2016)? The recent death of Arthur Butterworth has further reduced the number of British symphonists and the current neglect on disc of symphonies by living British composers leaves me with even less faith in the survival of the symphony in the 21st century.
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