I imagine that it is not uncommon for record companies to receive "begging letters" requesting recordings of particular composers' music but it is rare for such a response to appear on a forum like this. Such a demonstration of a company listening to and responding to their customers cannot but be to the mutual advantage of both. Lyrita has loyal (indeed devoted) customers. In my case-and I know this applies to many others (Simon Heffer has written eloquently in support of Lyrita!)-I have been buying Lyrita LPs and then discs for decades. In days gone by Chandos used conductors like Vernon Handley, Bryden Thomson and Richard Hickox to record neglected British repertoire. But those days appear to be gone (as, very sadly, have these wonderful conductors).Those of us who enjoy exploring the music written by British composers born in the late 19th century and the first few decades of the 20th now mainly rely on Lyrita, Dutton and, from time to time, Hyperion.
I am under no illusions about the financial difficulties under which small companies labour. I also accept the need for commercial discretion in advertising future plans in a restricted marketplace. Where possible and sensible it does make sense however if a company can give its "followers" something to look forward to. By doing this they can create a "word of mouth" effect which actually helps publicise their releases both before and after they hit the shelves.
That is why the advance notice of the plans to issue the remaining Daniel Jones symphonies over the next two years makes such eminent good sense.
I am also-of course-delighted to hear that Lyrita is talking to the BBC about the "Thirteenth Symphony". I hope that this conversation bears fruit!
In warm appreciation......!
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