I can accept the decision to issue the first broadcast performances of George Lloyd's Symphonies Nos. 6 and 7 with the BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Edward Downes. Indeed I have purchased that cd! Downes was the champion and passionate advocate of Lloyd's music in the late 1970s and 1980s and that alone makes his interpretations worth hearing, despite the competition from the composer's own recordings of the symphonies on the Albany label.
The simultaneous release of the Rubbra Violin Concerto and the Sinfonia Concertante is slightly more puzzling given that I very much doubt that the recording quality can match the versions from Naxos and Chandos respectively.
But now I see that Lyrita is issuing the Bax Symphony No.2 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Sir Eugene Goossens, recorded by the BBC in 1956. However fine this performance may or may not be the fact is that Dutton have already issued this performance (CDBP9779). The recording is missing from Mike Herman's Discography on this site but it is to be found in the Dutton online catalogue.
The idea of the programme of releases from the Itter Archive is to present important performances and works and in this Lyrita is doing lovers of British Music an inestimable service but I am not sure that bringing out a performance which is already available is a sensible way to proceed.
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