Lipkin was one of the most senior (if not the most senior) of British symphonists at the time of his death. If one were to pick the number three as the number of symphonies composed to qualify as a "symphonist" then I can think of very few alive who fall into that category. David Ellis (born 1933) and David Matthews (born 1943) are still with us. Derek Bourgeois (born 1941) is inadequately described as prolific. Ellis-as I wrote very recently-merits much more attention than he has received. David Matthews is considerably more fortunate; virtually all of his major orchestral works are or soon will be available on cd.
Malcolm Lipkin lived just long enough to see all three of his symphonies appear last year on an excellent Lyrita cd. But there are other major works, not least the Violin Concerto No.2 of 1960-62, which deserve to be on disc. Lipkin was a very fine composer and his death is certainly to be lamented.
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