I knew both symphonies from the off-air recordings which have been around for some time but it is excellent to have them on cd. Particularly of course because we also get Paul Conway's very lengthy and hugely informative booklet notes. (A very minor quibble: Lyrita needs a proof editor though. Paul tells us that the Symphony No.1 is "around 55 minutes" and the Symphony No.10 "about 23 minutes" when the timings of these performances are given as 50 and 19 minutes respectively.)
I am interested to see that there is no reference anywhere in the booklet to these recordings coming from "The Richard Itter Broadcast Archive" although they are "sourced from The Lyrita Recorded Edition Trust Archive". Is this just a change in nomenclature?
My other observation-which John Quinn mentioned in his review-regards the "BBC broadcast recordings of Symphonies Nos 2,3,5,11,12 with the BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Bryden Thomson" which "are in preparation for release in 2017/18". Thomson died in November 1991 and did not therefore live to conduct the premiere broadcast of the last of the Daniel Jones Symphonies. This is the Symphony "In Memoriam John Fussell", although it is effectively the Thirteenth Symphony. The first performance was given by the BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra under Richard Hickox in 1992. The symphony was broadcast again yesterday (Monday 23 January) conducted by Tecwyn Evans.
It would be astounding for Lyrita, given the relationship it has now established with the BBC, to issue a set of the Jones symphonies without adding this final symphony. If Lyrita is soon to be releasing the broadcast recording of the Grace William "Missa Cambrensis" I can only hope and assume that they will do the same for the Jones. If not then there has to be a compelling reason and explanation!
I also hope that in coupling the remaining symphonies room will be found for the BBC recordings of the Violin and Cello Concertos.
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