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Fifty Years

Celebrating Lyrita's
recordings of British music -
by GEORGE BALCOMBE

'... a meticulous reproduction of orchestral sound ...'

Lyrita Celebrating 50 Years Devoted to British Music. Set One: William Alwyn - John Ireland. © 2009 Lyrita Recorded Edition

Eight CDs of fifty individual British compositions written by fifty individual British composers are 'celebrating 50 years devoted to British music'.

The years are nineteen-sixty to two thousand and nine and the celebrating is for Lyrita, the recording enterprise founded by Richard Itter 'at a time when the big companies were ignoring the traditional British music in favour of the avant-garde'. These days have gone, avant-garde and all.

Lyrita's studio has always aimed at a meticulous reproduction of orchestral sound which has become so authentic that a sense of aural reality haunts the celebrating eight CDs and, for that matter, the eight orchestral excerpts quoted in this review.

Gerald Finzi's 1929 Eclogue for piano and strings has a structural surface of simplicity, but below lie indefinable feelings of loss...

Copyright © 16 February 2010 George Balcombe,
London UK

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CD INFORMATION: LYRITA 50 YEARS DEVOTED TO BRITISH MUSIC 1

CD INFORMATION: LYRITA 50 YEARS DEVOTED TO BRITISH MUSIC 2

UNITED KINGDOM

BRITISH MUSIC

GERALD FINZI

RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS

ORCHESTRAL MUSIC

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