This does not-necessarily-however mean that the original studio recordings date from that time. The 1980 broadcasts were part of the BBC's tribute to Fricker on his 60th birthday. Some, at least, of the performances may date from an earlier year. Hopefully Paul Conway in his booklet notes will clarify this for us.
What is noteworthy however is that the BBC chose to mark Fricker at 60 in a extended series of broadcasts of his music. The composer was obviously recognised at that time as a major British composer......by the BBC. The record companies, on the other hand, chose to largely ignore his existence. Lyrita recorded the Violin Concerto No.1 but that was it. And before long Fricker had largely disappeared. He was, of course, based in the USA at the University of California in Santa Barbara. In 1990 Fricker died and was thereafter largely forgotten.
At least now, belatedly, all five of his powerful symphonies will be available on cd (thanks to Richard Itter and Lyrita).
« Back to index | View thread »
Thank you for taking part in the MusicWeb International Forum.
Len Mullenger - Founder of MusicWeb