Re: Peter Racine Fricker
Posted by Colin Mackie on November 1, 2013, 12:21 am, in reply to "Re: Peter Racine Fricker"
As the years pass it seems abundantly, if dreadfully sadly, clear that the record labels which might have been persuaded to at the very least consider recording some Fricker are either not interested or are prevented from doing so by a financial climate which is unlikely to improve. Fricker(like Iain Hamilton)has fallen into the abyss which now seems to separate the acceptably "romantic" or "neo-romantic" composers whom Dutton will record(Stanley Bate, Richard Arnell) and the acceptably modern(David Matthews?). |
In these circumstances there is a real danger that Fricker's music may disappear completely from our musical consciousness. All the more important then to preserve for posterity those recordings some of us were able to make when Fricker was performed. And even more valuable to share these with others.
The Fricker Archive-now housed within the British Music Archive at The Art Music Forum-contains recordings of all five symphonies, including three performances of No.1 and two of No.3, the Sinfonia for seventeen wind instruments, the Piano Concerto, Second Violin Concerto,Viola Concerto, Toccata for Piano and orchestra, Laudi Concertante for Organ and orchestra, the Concertantes Nos. 1, 2 and 4, Dance Scene, Three Scenes for orchestra, Introitus for orchestra, Comedy Overture, Rondo Scherzoso for orchestra, Prelude, Elegy and Finale for strings, Litany for double string orchestra, Nocturne for chamber orchestra, the great Oratorio "The Vision of Judgment", "Musick's Empire", "O longs desirs" and the Cantata for tenor and chamber ensemble.
As the person who recorded some of these I know full well that the sound quality leaves-at times-much to be desired.
The Fricker Archive is however almost certainly the nearest we are ever likely to get to a substantial body of the orchestral music accessible to those who might want to explore the music of this tragically neglected British composer.