Re: John McCabe and other living British symphonists,
Posted by Colin Mackie on January 14, 2015, 1:26 am, in reply to "Re: John McCabe and other living British symphonists,"
I would most assuredly prefer to be optimistic about the future of the symphony in Britain in the 21st century. I recall however that, say 30 years ago, the number of distinguished living British symphonists-some at least of whose symphonies were available on cd-ran into the dozens (from Alwyn, through Arnell, Arnold, Berkeley, Cooke, Fricker, Hoddinott, Jones, Lloyd, and on to Rubbra, Simpson, Tippett etc etc.). Today, as I noted, we have Maxwell Davies, McCabe and David Matthews left of that generation-and there are significant numbers of the symphonies of the first two still unrecorded. There may be-and I earnestly hope that there are-considerable numbers of younger British composers writing symphonies but very, very few have made it to disc. |
We are, of course, immensely fortunate that so many of the symphonies of composers who are sadly no longer with us have been recorded. Indeed I never dreamed that we should now have access to so many of these symphonies. But it was with the living that I expressed concern. I sincerely hope that my pessimism is proved to be unfounded.