VA - British String Concertos (2014) 4CD Box Set
works by Coleridge-Taylor, Holst, Finzi, Hoddinott, Maconchy,
Busch, Fricker, Moeran, Gerhard, Banks, Rubbra, Morgan
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 1.28 Gb | Scans ~ 47 Mb | 05:03:05
Genre: Classical | Label: Lyrita | # SRCD.2346
The release of this four-CD set of works for solo string instruments and orchestra pays tribute, as does the recently issued box-set of ‘British Piano Concertos’, to the imagination and vision of the late Richard Itter and his pioneering Lyrita label. For many, Lyrita was the British music label and was loyally supported by various ‘in house’ conductors, among them Adrian Boult, Nicholas Braithwaite, Norman Del Mar and Vernon Handley. Many of the recordings offered here are from the old Lyrita analogue and early digital catalogue but there are a few recordings made during the label’s short revival between 1993 and 1996 which were not issued until more than a decade after they were made. The set makes for fantastic value for money, each CD containing well over 70 minutes of music, and the performances are generally of tremendous vibrancy and quality.