However I do contest your point that "it's quite silly to believe that Wordsworth's symphonies will never get another (better) recording..."
That really shows a quite unfounded optimism. True there have been a few cases when, often quite out of the blue, a second recording comes along of a rarely encountered work. In such a case I cheerfully buy the new recording and it is placed side by side with the old one and the two recordings compared. Hardly ever does the new one replace the old one - usually I cherish both of them because the performances are different.
But what is usually the case is that I might read about a particular work and yearn for the opportunity to hear it again albeit a recorded version. Or be very fortunate in hearing in concert a performance of an unrecorded work and then feel the world is quite against me in not being able to revisit that work given the lack of a recording. It would be pointless but I could supply a very long list of string quartets and other chamber music compositions in both categories.
For example, way back in my student days I heard the Amadeus give a private performance of Peter Racine Fricker's second string quartet. Having heard it just once I've got little idea of the real musical 'worth' of that composition. But it certainly made a deep impression on me at the time. It is now 49 years later, and given a lack of a recording, I still haven't heard that quartet again. I profoundly regret that, and the regret was intensified a couple of years later when I heard no less than Hans Keller claim the quartet was certainly an "impressive and significant" one. So sorry, but I simply can't tolerate your claim that it is silly to suppose a new recording of a work won't come along. I hope I don't offend you, but that is just about as potty as supposing that the world will happily carry on despite fundamental changes in the climate. Talk to musicians and those in the recording industry and you're plunged into misery and despair when you realise that the economics of recording are so frightfully expensive...and that perhaps the culture in which we live steadily pushes to one side any opportunity of listening to anything slightly off the beaten track.
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