Tippett never hesitated to go his own way. He was expelled from grammar school for attempting to convert his friends to atheism, espoused Trotskyism and, in 1943, was jailed for three months as a conscientious objector. Tippett’s time would come, by the 1960s and 70s, thanks to younger interpreters such as Colin Davis who were unfazed by the supposed technical and stylistic ‘difficulty’ of his music. He was knighted in 1966.
This collection includes the much requested first release on CD of Davis’ charming and beautifully realised Philips recording of the ‘Suite in D major for the birthday of Prince Charles’ as well as three virtuoso performances of music for strings with Marriner and the Academy.
Fanfare for Brass
Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
Suite in D major for the Birthday of Prince Charles*
London Symphony Orchestra
Fantasia Concertante on a theme of Corelli
Little Music for String Orchestra
Concerto for Double String Orchestra
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
* First Release on CD
*** ‘The Concerto for Double String Orchestra receives a performance more sumptuous and warm-hearted than any before on record … the recording is outstanding’ Penguin Guide
‘This compilation leaps straight to the top of the heap as the finest available Tippett collection … thank God for Australian Eloquence’ ClassicsToday.com
‘The Concerto for Double String Orchestra receives a performance more sumptuous and warm-hearted than any before on record … the recording is outstanding’ Penguin Guide
‘magnificently played and recorded … I don’t think one could expect better performances or recording of these marvellous pieces and I urge you for the modest sum asked to discover all of Sir Michael’s most approachable music on one well-filled CD’ 2MBS Fine Music