Malcolm Lipkin - The Symphonies | Lyrita SRCD349

Malcolm Lipkin - The Symphonies


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Label: Lyrita

Cat No: SRCD349

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 20th April 2015



BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra


Lionel Friend
Edward Downes
Adrian Leaper


Lipkin, Malcolm

Symphony no.1 'Sinfonia di Roma'
Symphony no.2 'The Pursuit'
Symphony no.3 'Sun'


BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra


Lionel Friend
Edward Downes
Adrian Leaper


Malcolm Lipkin belongs to a generation of composers who came to prominence in Britain between the mid-1950s and the mid-1960s. Several of these figures began their careers as a ‘progressive’, exploring the newly-discovered range of technical and formal innovations before later forging their own relationship with tonality.

In Lipkin’s case, early influences such as Bartók and Stravinsky were gradually assimilated into an original voice as his scores moved from long, lyrical lines and motor rhythms to tiny motifs and rhythmic cells in a more dissonant style. His skill at building convincing structures out of flexible, protean material has guided him towards traditional instrumental forms, in all of which he has something unique and worthwhile to say, and his impressive technique has ensured those ideas are conveyed with the utmost clarity and conviction.

Malcolm Lipkin’s three symphonies stand at decisive points in his creative life. Each represents a summing up of his previous musical development and initiates stylistic changes worked out in subsequent compositions. They have the integration and scope of a natural symphonist whose fastidious approach to his craft makes him well qualified to meet the exacting demands of the medium.

It is to be hoped this release will generate interest in a composer who has steadily forged his own path, regardless of passing trends, to create a body of work of impeccable integrity which still largely awaits rediscovery.

- Sinfonia di Roma (Symphony no.1)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra / Lionel Friend
Recorded in Broadcasting House, Glasgow: 15 June 1988 (BBC Broadcast - 3 March 1989)

- The Pursuit (Symphony no.2)
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra / Edward Downes
Recorded at BBC Studio 7, Manchester: 10 February 1983 (BBC Broadcast - 4 July 1983)
The premiere was given by the same performers on 9 February 1983

- Sun (Symphony no.3)
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra / Adrian Leaper
Premiere. Concert from the RNCM, Manchester on 6 January 1993 (BBC Broadcast - 17 May 1993)

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