Both Cooke and Fricker have been sadly neglected on disc. Indeed this is the first Fricker symphony to appear since EMI reissued in 2003 the 1955 LP version of the Symphony No.2. "The Vision of Judgment" is one of the finest works in the British choral tradition and its first appearance on cd is just cause for celebration. Lyrita previously issued Cooke's 1st and 3rd symphonies on cd and this new disc will double his symphonic representation. I do not know whether the Symphony No.2 was ever broadcast. As far as I know the 6th symphony (Cooke's last) has never even been performed.
Both releases can be found on Amazon. They are scheduled for release in February but no doubt will be available directly from Lyrita via this site.
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