Tippett: A Child of Our Time (CD)

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Artist:
Sir Michael Tippett, Birmingham Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Faye Robinson, Sarah Walker

Featuring:

Faye Robinson (soprano), Sarah Walker (mezzo-soprano), Jon Garrison (tenor) & John Cheek (bass-baritone)

City of Birmingham Chorus & City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Sir Michael Tippett

This unique recording was conducted by Sir Michael Tippett himself when he was 85. It is thus a wonderful testament to one of great figures of British music of the twentieth century and very fitting that it should be once again in circulation during the centenary year.

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Tracklisting:

Michael Tippett: A Child of our Time

Part 1: The world turns on its dark side (Chorus)
Part 1: The Argument - Man has measured the heavens with a telescope (Alto)
Part 1: Interludium - Scena - Is evil then good? (Chorus and Alto)
Part 1: The Narrator - Now in each nation there were some cast out (Bass)
Part 1: Chorus of the Oppressed - When shall the usurers' city cease
Part 1: I have no money for my bread (Tenor)
Part 1: How can I cherish my man in such days (Soprano)
Part 1: A Spiritual - Steal away (Chorus and Soli)

Part 2: A star rises in mid-winter (Chorus)
Part 2: The Narrator - And a time came (Bass)
Part 2: Chorus of Persecutors and Persecuted - Away with them! (Double Chorus)
Part 2: The Narrator - Where they could, they fled from the terror (Bass)
Part 2: Chorus of the Self-righteous - We cannot have them in our Empire
Part 2: The Narrator - And the boy's mother wrote a letter (Bass)
Part 2: Scena - O my son! (Soloists)Part 2: A Spiritual - Nobody knows the trouble I see, Lord (Chorus and Soli)
Part 2: Scena - The boy becomes desperate in his agony (Bass, Alto)
Part 2: The Narrator - They took a terrible vengeance (Bass)
Part 2: The Terror - Burn down their houses! (Chorus)
Part 2: The Narrator - Men were ashamed of what was done (Bass)
Part 2: A Spiritual of Anger - Go down, Moses (Chorus and Bass)
Part 2: The boy sings in his prison - My dreams are all shattered in a ghastly reality (Tenor)
Part 2: The Mother - What have I done to you, my son? (Soprano)
Part 2: The dark forces rise like a flood (Alto)
Part 2: A Spiritual - O, by and by (Chorus and Soprano)

Part 3: The cold deepens (Chorus)
Part 3: The soul of man is impassioned like a woman (Alto)
Part 3: Scena - The words of wisdom are these (Bass, Chorus)
Part 3: Preludium - I would know my shadow and my light (Chorus and Soli)
Part 3: A Spiritual - Deep river, my home is over Jordan (Chorus and Soli)

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Reviews:

Tippett’s timeless masterpiece
This unique recording was conducted by the composer himself in 1991 when he was 86. The oratorio, with its reminiscences of Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s Passions, its use of jazz and, most strikingly, Negro spirituals, is an English 20th-century choral masterpiece. Other versions may be more tautly controlled but none is as warmly expressive and, yes, moving. The soloists and chorus make outstanding contributions. 5 stars.
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Tippett’s timeless masterpiece

This unique recording was conducted by the composer himself in 1991 when he was 86. The oratorio, with its reminiscences of Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s Passions, its use of jazz and, most strikingly, Negro spirituals, is an English 20th-century choral masterpiece. Other versions may be more tautly controlled but none is as warmly expressive and, yes, moving. The soloists and chorus make outstanding contributions.