I recall being given sometime in the early 1960s the original Decca LP from which the Elegy and Three Fragments were taken. Although the Three Fragments were in an idiom at that time totally alien to me I was riveted by them and by the Sprechtgesang. The section where Peter Pears speaks the lines " Time is, time was, but time shall be no more" was and still is terrifying in its dramatic impact.
Seiber was a much loved teacher and it is worth recalling that both the slow movement of Malcolm Lipkin's Violin Concerto No.2 and Peter Racine Fricker's Symphony No.4 are dedicated to Seiber's memory.
Incidentally that original Decca LP also contained Sir Adrian Boult's riveting account of Humphrey Searle's Symphony No.1. Lyrita might well consider reissuing that recording. Although Boult may have conducted relatively little 'advanced' music in his later years the Searle performance demonstrated that he was still fully capable of doing so.
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