Music: Muscular Symphonist

Though his name is hardly known in the U.S., Peter Racine Fricker, 31, is touted in Great Britain as the most promising symphonist since aged (80) Ralph Vaughan Williams. The London found that Fricker's Symphony No. 1 "grips the ear and the imagination"; its report from Liverpool last year on Fricker's Second: "A marked evolution in his utterance and expression ... a striking freshness."

Last week, in Royal Festival Hall, Londoners got a chance to make up their own minds about Symphonist Fricker. To make sure Symphony No. 2 got a fair hearing, the London...

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