- A Child of Our Time, oratorio
Tippett: A Child of Our Timeby Michael Tippett
For fans of the music of Michael Tippett, the first great work -- the first work to establish him as a composer and the first work in which he is recognizably himself -- was his oratorio "A Child of Our Time." Composed between 1939 and 1941 and premiered in London in 1944, "A Child of Our Time" combines the monumentality of Handel and the rhythms of jazz, the massiveness of Beethoven and the lyricism of the madrigal with the passionate pacifism and the loving compassion that was all Tippett's own. For fans of Tippett, though there were surely later works and arguably even greater works, "A Child of Our Time" is the work nearest and dearest to their hearts. And for fans of Tippett, the greatest performance of the work, the performance that gets closest to the composer's passionate compassion, was his own recording made in 1991 when Tippett was still a spry 85 years old. Leading the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Chorus along with a cracker-jack crew of vocal soloists, Tippett's performance is almost unbearably moving -- the songs of the soloists, the fugues of the chorus, and the heartrending spirituals -- and is so affecting that it is nearly impossible to remain untouched. Reissued from a superb digital recording originally made by Collins Classics, Naxos' remastering is absolutely translucent, allowing the performance to shine through in all its sublime transcendence.
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Performance CreditsMichael Tippett Primary Artist
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