I have been somewhat critical in recent months of some Lyrita releases of music which is already on disc in alternative performances but I am only too happy to welcome this forthcoming cd without any reservation!
Daniel Jones was a major British symphonist. Many of us had hoped that at some point the late and lamented Richard Hickox would get round to a Jones cycle with his BBC NOW but sadly this never came about. Those of us who have long admired the Jones symphonies probably guessed that Paul Conway-who wrote a lengthy and incredibly valuable paper on the works for the British Music Society- would do his utmost for the Jones cause during the release programme of the Richard Itter Broadcast Archive.
The Symphony No.1 is the longest Jones symphony- at 50 minutes-and a powerful first essay in the form. The Symphony No.10 is a shorter work (19 minutes) but packs a very considerable punch. It is a dark and serious work and very impressive.
This Lyrita release is due in mid-January but perhaps those of us who use Musicweb may get it sooner? Whenever it is available however I and no doubt others will be very very happy!
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