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Collectors Edition - Tippett: Piano Sonatas, Symphonies, Etc


Release Date: 10/11/2005 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 000529702   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Michael Tippett
Performer:  Paul CrossleyGyörgy PaukNobuko ImaiRalph Kirshbaum,   ... 
Conductor:  Sir Neville MarrinerSir Colin DavisJohn PritchardSir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philip Jones Brass EnsembleBarry Tuckwell Horn QuartetLindsay String Quartet,   ... 
Number of Discs: 6 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 7 Hours 37 Mins. 

Imported from : European Union   
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This six-disc set gives you most of Tippett, aside from the operas, large choral works, and some late orchestral and chamber pieces. With the exception of Solti's insensitive reading of the Fourth Symphony (which Tippett himself disliked) and the Suite for the Birthday of Prince Charles (why does Universal keep ignoring Colin Davis' benchmark recording of this latter work, never yet issued on CD?), these are all excellent recordings of the works in question. Paul Crossley was the composer's interpreter of choice in the piano sonatas, and the Lindsays taped these fine performances of the first three string quartets before they decided that timbral beauty was inconsistent with interpretive truth.


Neville Marriner and his
Read more redoubtable Academy are their usual, reliable selves in the music for string orchestra (Concerto for Double String Orchestra; Fantasia Concertante on a Theme of Corelli; Little Music), and Davis' versions of the first three symphonies, the Concerto for Orchestra, and the Triple Concerto have never been surpassed. Having Pritchard's rendition of the Ritual Dances is a nice bonus, as is the Sonata for Four Horns as played by the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble. Fine sonics throughout make this the essential Tippett collection, no doubt about it. [12/8/2005]
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano no 1 by Michael Tippett
Performer:  Paul Crossley (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935/1942; England 
Date of Recording: 06/1973 
Length: 20 Minutes 42 Secs. 
2.
Sonata for Piano no 2 by Michael Tippett
Performer:  Paul Crossley (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962; England 
Date of Recording: 06/1973 
Length: 11 Minutes 56 Secs. 
3.
Sonata for Piano no 3 by Michael Tippett
Performer:  Paul Crossley (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1972-1973; England 
Date of Recording: 06/1973 
Length: 24 Minutes 2 Secs. 
4.
Fanfare for Brass by Michael Tippett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1971; England 
Date of Recording: 02/1977 
Venue:  St John's, Smith Square, London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 56 Secs. 
5.
Sonata for 4 Horns by Michael Tippett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barry Tuckwell Horn Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955; England 
Date of Recording: 1968 
Length: 12 Minutes 14 Secs. 
6.
Quartet for Strings no 1 by Michael Tippett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lindsay String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; England 
Date of Recording: 05/1975 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham 
Length: 19 Minutes 18 Secs. 
7.
Quartet for Strings no 2 by Michael Tippett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lindsay String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; England 
Date of Recording: 05/1975 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham 
Length: 20 Minutes 38 Secs. 
8.
Quartet for Strings no 3 by Michael Tippett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lindsay String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; England 
Date of Recording: 05/1975 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham 
Length: 30 Minutes 39 Secs. 
9.
Fantasia concertante on a theme of Corelli by Michael Tippett
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953; England 
Date of Recording: 10/1970 
Venue:  St John's, Smith Square, London, England 
Length: 20 Minutes 58 Secs. 
10.
Concerto for Double String Orchestra by Michael Tippett
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938-1939; England 
Date of Recording: 10/1970 
Venue:  St John's, Smith Square, London, England 
Length: 23 Minutes 33 Secs. 
11.
Concerto for Violin, Viola and Cello by Michael Tippett
Performer:  György Pauk (Violin), Nobuko Imai (Viola), Ralph Kirshbaum (Cello)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1979; England 
Date of Recording: 11/1981 
Venue:  London 
Length: 34 Minutes 22 Secs. 
12.
Symphony no 1 by Michael Tippett
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; London, England 
Date of Recording: 12/1975 
Venue:  Brent Town Hall, Wembly 
Length: 36 Minutes 31 Secs. 
13.
Symphony no 2 by Michael Tippett
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956-1957; London, England 
Date of Recording: 1958 
Length: 33 Minutes 27 Secs. 
14.
Little Music by Michael Tippett
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; England 
Date of Recording: 10/1970 
Venue:  St John's, Smith Square, London, England 
Length: 10 Minutes 51 Secs. 
15.
Symphony no 3 by Michael Tippett
Performer:  Heather Harper (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1970-1972; London, England 
Date of Recording: 10/1973 
Venue:  Brent Town Hall, Wembly 
Length: 54 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: English 
16.
The Midsummer Marriage: Ritual Dances by Michael Tippett
Conductor:  John Pritchard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955; England 
Length: 23 Minutes 0 Secs. 
17.
Suite in D major for the birthday of Prince Charles by Michael Tippett
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948; England 
Date of Recording: 05/1981 
Venue:  Medinah Temple, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 14 Minutes 38 Secs. 
18.
Concerto for Orchestra by Michael Tippett
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962-1963; England 
Date of Recording: 08/1964 
Venue:  Wembley Town Hall, London, England 
Length: 30 Minutes 32 Secs. 
19.
Symphony no 4 by Michael Tippett
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1976-1977; London, England 
Date of Recording: 10/1979 
Venue:  Medinah Temple, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 30 Minutes 32 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Piano Sonata No.1: 1. Allegro
Piano Sonata No.1: 2. Andante tranquillo
Piano Sonata No.1: 3. Presto
Piano Sonata No.1: 4. Rondo giocoso con moto
Piano Sonata No.2
Piano Sonata No.3: 1. Allegro -
Piano Sonata No.3: 2. Lento -
Piano Sonata No.3: 3. Allegro vivace
Fanfare for brass
Sonata for Four Horns: 1. Allegro molto moderato
Sonata for Four Horns: 2. Allegro giocoso
Sonata for Four Horns: 3. Lento cantabile tranquillo in stile notturno
Sonata for Four Horns: 4. Allegro molto e vigoroso
String Quartet No.1: 1. Allegro
String Quartet No.1: 2. Lento cantabile
String Quartet No.1: 3. Allegro assai
String Quartet No.2: 1. Allegro grazioso
String Quartet No.2: 2. Andante
String Quartet No.2: 3. Presto
String Quartet No.2: 4. Allegro appassionato
String Quartet No.3: 1. Grave e sostenuto - Allegro moderato
String Quartet No.3: 2. Andante
String Quartet No.3: 3. Allegro molto e con brio
String Quartet No.3: 4. Lento
String Quartet No.3: 5. Allegro comodo

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