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Works for String Orchestra



‘Let us composers, too, remember what Boyd Neel has done for us. Not only has he asked for and used new music but – here’s the difference – he has used it many times. If Boyd Neel and his orchestra like and believe in new music, they play it over and over again until the audience get used to it and begin to like it too; not for it a first performance and then the dusty shelf.’ This heartfelt tribute was written by Benjamin Britten, whose ‘Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge’ was written for the Boyd Neel Orchestra and premiered by them at the 1937 Salzburg Festival, thereby cementing the international reputation of both composer and performers. The off-air recording of a BBC Third Programme broadcast from 31 January 1961 featured on this disc offers further evidence of the debt composers working in Britain owed to Neel.

Works for String Orchestra


"Collectors of Lyrita’s recordings of British music, both on their main label in stereo and those from the Itter collection of mostly mono transfers from tape, will need no urging to obtain this release; they may even have done so already and will not, I’m sure, have been disappointed. As a confirmed fan of the label since the days of LP, seeking out the CDs even when they were only of limited availability, I greatly enjoyed it. Others should perhaps look first at some of the other wonderful offerings from Lyrita." Brian Wilson,