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Malcolm Lipkin's Symphonies from Lyrita
Posted by Colin Mackie on April 1, 2015, 3:04 pm
There is splendid news that Lyrita is releasing a cd of Malcolm Lipkin's three symphonies in recordings made by the late Richard Itter. From the review on this site of the collection of British concertos recorded by Itter from BBC broadcasts we already know how expert Itter was at off-air recording. Lipkin is one of those unjustly neglected British composers whose music has long deserved to be heard. It is wonderful that the composer will be able to have his three symphonies on disc. And also extremely cheering to recognise that there has clearly been agreement reached (after decades of fruitless discussion!)with both the BBC and the Musicians Union to release British music broadcast by the BBC.
The other new release from Lyrita contains the 1964 Proms performance of the Cantata "The Beatitudes" conducted by its composer Sir Arthur Bliss. It is not so long ago that Dutton gave us a recording of the 1962 Coventry premiere of "The Beatitudes". Now we shall have this second recording of the work.
Some of us have been speculating about the wealth of British music contained in Itter's collection of recordings. The first two releases of concertos by Bax, Moeran, Benjamin and Walton and of music by Matyas Seiber whetted the appetite. Now the Lipkin and the Bliss....!
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