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CDA68203

Sir MICHAEL TIPPETT – Symphonies 1 & s

Sir Michael Tippett (1905–1998)
Symphonies Nos 1 & 2

Symphony No 1 (1944/5) 
Symphony No 2 (1956/7) 

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Martyn Brabbins

The Sunday Times “Tippett’s first two symphonies fill a CD comfortably, and here hugely inspiringly…the First (1945) dour, war-torn and contrapuntally severe, albeit energised in true Tippettian fashion; the Second an incandescent masterpiece of 1957, hectically inventive, rhythmically unstoppable and sounding freshly glorious.”

BBC Music Magazine These readings have the intentness of conviction, which the still underrated Symphony No. 1 in particular richly deserves…In approaching Tippett’s teaming textures, Brabbins and his producer Andrew Keener appear to have aimed for clarity. A relatively modest string body allows wind detail to come through; and a fairly dry studio acoustic is preferred.”
Tippett’s first two published symphonies are mature and confident works dating from the middle of the last century. Coruscating accounts from Martyn Brabbins and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra are sure to win new friends for this marvellous music.

Hyperion Records CDA68203 @ £14.25 plus P&P


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