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Fricker: Symphonies Nos. 1-4, Rondo scherzoso & Comedy Overture / BBC Northern Symphony


Release Date: 10/06/2017 
Label:  Lyrita Recorded Edition - Nimb   Catalog #: 2136  
Composer:  Peter Racine Fricker
Conductor:  Bryden ThomsonAlbert RosenEdward DownesMaurice Handford
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Northern Symphony
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

‘For me music is as exciting as a sporting event. I wish that … critics and public could get as worked up about new music as they do about football and cricket’. This cri de coeur from composer Peter Racine Fricker (1920-1990) captures the passion and conviction with which he approached his craft. Fricker was born on 5 September 1920 in Ealing, London. He was educated at St. Paul’s School, London and entered the Royal College of Music in 1937. Upon demobilisation he resumed formal composition lessons with the Hungarian emigre composer Mátyás Seiber, who had lived in England since 1935. In 1952 he was appointed musical director of Morley College (succeeding Michael Tippett) and held this post for the next 12 years. During this Read more period he was also a Professor of Composition at the RCM. Fricker was the first British composer to make his reputation entirely after World War II. Among the first composers in Britain to be influenced by the music of Bela Bartók, Arnold Schoenberg and Igor Stravinsky, Fricker assimilated aspects of their very different styles into a distinctive voice of his own. He proceeded to build an impressive body of work in his highly expressive, urbane and freely atonal language. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Rondo scherzoso for Orchestra by Peter Racine Fricker
Conductor:  Bryden Thomson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Northern Symphony
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948; England 
2.
Symphony No. 1, Op. 9 by Peter Racine Fricker
Conductor:  Bryden Thomson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Northern Symphony
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948-1949; England 
3.
Symphony no 2, Op. 14 by Peter Racine Fricker
Conductor:  Albert Rosen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Northern Symphony
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950-1951; England 
4.
Comedy Overture, Op. 32 by Peter Racine Fricker
Conductor:  Albert Rosen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Northern Symphony
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1958; England 
5.
Symphony No. 3, Op. 36 by Peter Racine Fricker
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Northern Symphony
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; England 
6.
Symphony No. 4, Op. 43 by Peter Racine Fricker
Conductor:  Maurice Handford
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Northern Symphony
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1966; England 

Customer Reviews

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 Excellent Recording of Fricker Sympohonies March 29, 2018 By Richard Derby (Santa Ana, CA) See All My Reviews "Peter Racine Fricker was a significant mid-20th century composer. It is a pleasure to have in this double-CD set recordings of the first four of his five symphonies. These are powerful, dramatic, expressive works that deserve to be heard more (again?) in concerts. The value of this release is only enhanced by the fact that these historic performances are taken from archives of live radio broadcasts. The sound is very good." Report Abuse
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