Re: Stanley Bate and Wilfred Josephs
Posted by Chris Howell on October 3, 2015, 7:55 am, in reply to "Re: Stanley Bate and Wilfred Josephs"
Actually, without waiting a lifetime, right now, even today, you can hear all 5 Fricker symphonies, some concertos and the 1st & 3rd string quartets, plus several Daniel Jones symphonies (not all of them) and various works by the other composers Colin mentions, from vintage BBC broadcasts all to be found on youtube. Evidently Richard Itter was far from being the only person assiduously taping such broadcasts, though not all of them were blessed with his high end equipment. |
The legality of their presence on youtube is rather questionable but, for as long as this remains the only way to hear the works, I'd be inclined to listen first and ask questions later.
This is a world of which I've only recently become aware but from sampling here and there I'd say the recording quality varies from pretty good to pretty poor, but still listenable when it's all there is.
The downside of this youtube bonanza is that if and when official Lyrita issues of these same broadcasts appear (these are all works that Itter might have been expected to record), part of the potential market might decide that the youtube versions will "do". The Rootham 2nd Symphony, for example, had been floating around youtube for some time before Lyrita issued it (in the same performance).
Another question is how good some of these performances are, though with those conducted by the likes of Groves, Del Mar, Mackerras or Pritchard we should be on safe ground.