Fricker - Symphonies 1-4, Rondo Scherzoso, Comedy Overture | Lyrita REAM2136

Fricker - Symphonies 1-4, Rondo Scherzoso, Comedy Overture

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Label: Lyrita

Cat No: REAM2136

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 6th October 2017

Contents

Artists

BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra

Conductors

Bryden Thomson
Albert Rosen
Edward Downes
Maurice Handford

Works

Fricker, Peter Racine

Comedy Overture, op.32
Rondo Scherzoso for orchestra
Symphony no.1, op.9
Symphony no.2, op.14
Symphony no.3, op.36
Symphony no.4, op.43

Artists

BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra

Conductors

Bryden Thomson
Albert Rosen
Edward Downes
Maurice Handford

About

‘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.

BBC Studio Recordings, broadcast between 12 September & 7 October 1980

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