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Re: Review of recent Fricker release from Lyrita
Colin – Your enthusiasm for the Fricker symphonies, together with the MW reviews by Nick Barnard and Stephen Greenbank, led me to buy the new Lyrita set of #1-4 and I am very pleased that I did. However... maybe my ears are on wrong, but there seems to be something amiss with the tracking for movements 3 and 4 of Symphony No 1 on disc 1. I had never heard this symphony before, and these track lengths – a mere 2'56" for the "Tableau and Dance" (track 4) and a hefty 12'36" for the Finale (track 5) – seemed oddly disproportional. I've now listened a couple of times and I am increasingly convinced that what opens track 5 is actually the Danzato section of mvt 3. This comes to an end at 3’04” of track 5 with what sounds very like the “delightful hushed chord from the whole orchestra” noted in Paul Conway’s excellent booklet, and then at 3’09” the music begins in a newly stern mood with what certainly corresponds to Mr. Conway’s “a great breadth of doubled string tone on a single melodic line”. This, therefore, gives 6’00” and 9’27” for the durations respectively of mvts 3 and 4, which seem more likely. However, as far as I can see no-one has mentioned this. Am I mishearing?
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