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Tippett: Piano Concerto; Fantasia on a theme of Handel; Piano Sonatas
     

Tippett: Piano Concerto; Fantasia on a theme of Handel; Piano Sonatas

by Steven Osborne
 
What the world needs more of is intelligently planned, stupendously played, and brilliantly recorded collections like this one. These two discs contain all the piano works of Michael Tippett, works that come from every period of the composer's very long life except his very last. It includes the youthful, tuneful "Piano Sonata No. 1" written between 1936 and 1938 and

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What the world needs more of is intelligently planned, stupendously played, and brilliantly recorded collections like this one. These two discs contain all the piano works of Michael Tippett, works that come from every period of the composer's very long life except his very last. It includes the youthful, tuneful "Piano Sonata No. 1" written between 1936 and 1938 and revised in 1941, the massive "Fantasia on a Theme of Handel" from 1941, the exuberant "Piano Concerto" from 1955, the experimental "Piano Sonata No. 2," the gnomic almost Beethovenian "Piano Sonata No. 3" from 1973, and the gnarly post-Beethovenian "Piano Sonata No. 4." It features a bravura performance by pianist Steven Osborne that makes the best case for all the music, no matter how outré or recherché its harmonic proclivities or rhythmic audacities. Osborne has the emotional enthusiasm, intellectual clarity, physical strength, and sheer willpower to make listeners believe that Tippett is a major English composer and make them wonder why they ever doubted it. With the superlative accompaniment of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Martyn Brabbins in the "Concerto" and the "Fantasia" and the sparkling recording by Andrew Keener for Hyperion, this disc marks a major step forward in the Tippett discography.

Editorial Reviews

New York Times - Steve Smith
A revelatory achievement.... Mr. Osborne’s traversal of the sonatas makes this set easy to recommend
Daily Telegraph - Matthew Rye
[A] magnificent set of the composer's complete music for piano played by the musician who must surely be regarded as one of his most resourceful interpreters.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/11/2007
Label:
Hyperion Uk
UPC:
0034571174617
catalogNumber:
67461

Tracks

  1. Piano Concerto
  2. Fantasia on a Theme of Handel, for piano & orchestra
  3. Piano Sonata No. 1
  4. Piano Sonata No. 2
  5. Piano Sonata No. 3
  6. Piano Sonata No. 4

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