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British Symphonies [4CD Set]

SRCD2355
£19.99

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This superb compendium by Lyrita, hard on the heels of their British String Concertos and British Piano Concertos, brings together thirteen symphonies ranging from 1867 to 1973. Every one of these works is emphatically worth hearing, while there are several that can rightly be called masterpieces. The collection is also notable for offering authoritative performances by many of the most influential conductors in the field of English music – Boult, Handley and Pritchard to name but three. A hugely enjoyable and instructive issue, then, for which Lyrita should be both thanked and congratulated. Lyrita have produced something as important as it is stimulating. Gwyn Parry-Jones, MusicWeb-International

British Symphonies [4CD Set]

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“It is impossible to overstate the debt we owe to the late Richard Itter and his Lyrita record label for promoting and, in many cases, reviving British music. This four-disc set is devoted to British symphonies mostly written in the first half of the 20th century, nearly all of which have been totally ignored both by the major record labels and concert promoters both at home and abroad… With concise yet thoroughly researched and informative booklet notes by Paul Conway, this is a very significant release which really deserves to be snapped up by everyone, not least those who still cling to the discredited belief that when it comes to composing symphonies, Britain has always been in the second division.” Marc Rochester, musicweb-international.com

“A hugely enjoyable and instructive issue, then, for which Lyrita should be both thanked and congratulated. There are omissions… but no box of four discs could possibly do justice to all the British symphonic activity of the past century and more; in this one, Lyrita have produced something as important as it is stimulating… An issue of major importance in the discography of British music. Fine performances of magnificent music, much of which is unfairly neglected.” Gwyn Parry-Jones, musicweb-international.com