recordings of British music -
by GEORGE BALCOMBE
'... a meticulous reproduction of orchestral sound ...'
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
CD INFORMATION: LYRITA 50 YEARS DEVOTED TO BRITISH MUSIC 1
CD INFORMATION: LYRITA 50 YEARS DEVOTED TO BRITISH MUSIC 2