Saying that however it would not go amiss if we did-one day-get a modern recording of The Beatitudes but also the other substantial Cantatas "Mary of Magdala" (1963) and "The Golden Cantata" (1964). These two were broadcast by the BBC. So...we may get to hear these performances of course!
It is also very much worth reiterating John Quinn's praise for those involved in the necessary negotiations with the BBC and the Musicians' Union. A friend of mine who was a BBC Music producer in the 1980s recalls that the question of releasing recordings from the huge BBC Music Archive was discussed repeatedly at that time. The reason why so little was done (apart from the short-lived BBC Radio Classics from Carlton)was the effort involved in getting permission and agreement from composers, their estates and the various performers. It was considered that the amount of time which would need to be spent on locating the recordings, improving sound quality (if possible), contacting all those whose permission was being sought etc etc was just not worth the candle. Circumstances have now changed. Much more can now be done with modern technology to get recordings fit to be issued commercially. But, above all, those involved have put in the work required to negotiate a deal. They deserve the immense gratitude of those of us who now can look forward with mounting excitement to the mouth-watering prospects for future releases from this source. The possibilities, for lovers of British Music, are breathtaking. Not since Dutton began their programme of recordings have I been so hopeful about the chances of long-neglected British music being saved from total oblivion.
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