I would love to believe that you are correct in this assertion. The reality however is that Wordsworth's symphonies were written between 1944 and 1986. One of them-No.6-has never been performed. Most of the others have not had a public performance. We have had to accept radio broadcasts, again most courtesy of BBC Scotland since Wordsworth lived in Scotland from 1961. These broadcasts ceased after the composer's death in 1988. Even during his lifetime the BBC was often reluctant to give the composer's music an airing. Repeated efforts over the last 35 years or so to get some of the music recorded led almost nowhere. The single exception being the recording by Lyrita of the Second and Third Symphonies released in 1990.
There was indeed a time when a company like Chandos recorded a lot of new (ie previously unrecorded) British music. Those days are over. One of the very few record companies which is still prepared to issue British orchestral music is the splendid Dutton. Mike Dutton will consider particular composers and their music but only if the recordings can be heavily subsidised. When it was suggested to Hyperion that they record the Erik Chisholm Violin Concerto they asked the Chisholm Trust for a huge subsidy and then for the entire cost of making the recording.
If there are backers able to provide financial support then yes a recording is possible, if not then the outlook is gloomy. Behind every unexpected windfall of obscure music these days there is a story (often one that we know nothing about).
i first became aware of the music of William Wordsworth in the mid-1960s when I was in my late teens. That is half a century ago. Yes..one day the financial situation may change and we may get brand new recordings of the complete symphonies of Peter Racine Fricker, Daniel Jones, William Wordsworth. But it is doubtful if it will happen in the immediate future (which is of some significance to folk of my generation!).
(Unless of course someone could interest Burkhard Schmilgun of CPO in Wordsworth!! Back in 1995 Schmilgun got in touch with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and asked for a recommendation of a neglected, relatively modern British composer to record. Hugh Macdonald had a think and suggested the symphonies of Humphrey Searle. They then found a conductor in Alun Francis prepared to virtually sight-read his way through the recordings. Such is chance!)
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