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Tippett: The Symphonies / Hickox, Bournemouth SO


Release Date: 10/18/2005 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 10330   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Michael Tippett
Performer:  Faye RobinsonMelanie BushAlan TaylorTim Holmes,   ... 
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 3 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

3 discs for the price of 2!

Here's a convenient box that brings together Richard Hickox's generally very fine set of Tippett symphonies, though I wonder why Chandos neglected to include the remaining discs in the series, or the couplings aside from the New Year Suite. That would have made this set more competitive with Universal's recently released six-disc set of orchestral and chamber music. Never mind. If you are just looking for the symphonies, these will do nicely. Colin Davis, on Philips/Argo is a bit more incisively Stravinskian in the first two symphonies, but Hickox soundly trumps Solti and Chicago in the Fourth. Honors (or horrors, depending on your view of the work) are evenly divided in the Third, a piece
Read more whose embarrassing text and self-conscious references to everything from Beethoven's Ninth to jazz make it a work only for true believers. The sonics are good, but could be a touch richer and tighter in the bass. Recommended.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 by Michael Tippett
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; London, England 
2.
Symphony no 2 by Michael Tippett
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956-1957; London, England 
3.
Symphony no 3 by Michael Tippett
Performer:  Faye Robinson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1970-1972; London, England 
4.
Symphony no 4 by Michael Tippett
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1976-1977; London, England 
5.
New Year Suite by Michael Tippett
Performer:  Melanie Bush (Saxophone), Alan Taylor (Electric Guitar), Tim Holmes (Saxophone),
Robert Millett (Drums), Steven Smith (Electric Guitar), Kyle Horch (Saxophone)
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1988/1990; England 

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