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FRICKER, PETER RACINE Symphonies Nos. 1-4, Rondo Scherzoso, Comedy Overture. BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra / Bryden Thomson, Albert Rosen, Edward Downes, Maurice Handford, Albert Rosen. Lyrita

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Fricker Symphonies Nos 1-4 Bbc Northern Symphony Orchestra Lyrita

PETER RACINE FRICKER

Rondo Scherzoso for orchestra (1948)
Symphony No. 1 Op. 9 (1948-49) BBC Studio Recording, broadcast 12 September 1980
Symphony No. 2 Op. 14 (1950-51) BBC Studio Recording, broadcast 17 September 1980
Comedy Overture Op. 32 (1958) BBC Studio Recording, broadcast 17 September 1980
Symphony No. 3 Op. 36 (1960) BBC Studio Recording, broadcast 2 October 1980
Symphony No. 4 Op. 43 (1966 rev. 1978-79) BBC Studio Recording, broadcast 7 October 1980

BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra
conducted by
Bryden Thomson (Rondo Scherzoso & Symphony 1)
Albert Rosen (Comedy Overture & Symphony 2)
Edward Downes (Symphony 3)
Maurice Handford (Symphony 4)

These broadcasts were part of seven programmes in a series 'Fricker in Retrospect' specially devised in celebration of the composer's 60th birthday.

‘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 émigré 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 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 Béla 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.
Paul Conway

Lyrita REAM2136

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