Tippett: Symphonies

Tippett: Symphonies

by Richard HickoxRichard Hickox


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Even listeners who rightly treasured their LPs of Tippett's first three symphonies by Colin Davis and the London Symphony had to be grateful when Richard Hickox and the Bournemouth Symphony recorded all four of Tippett's symphonies for CD. After all, not only are Tippett's symphonies arguably in the same class as Elgar and Vaughan Williams', but, incredibly, they had rarely been recorded by anyone after Davis. So even if listeners who found Davis' recordings virtually definitive, they were still curious to know what the works would sound like under a different conductor. As it turns out, under Hickox it sounds bigger, brawnier, and more symphonic. Where Davis was all about linear energy, Hickox is all about orchestral weight. So while his "First" and "Second" don't have the same tensile lyricism as Davis', they do have more weight and muscle, and while his "Third" doesn't have the same ecstatic radiance of Davis', it does have more contrast and drama. Since Davis and the LSO didn't record the "Fourth," no comparisons are possible, but Solti and the Chicago did and, compared with Solti's impetuously forceful performance, Hickox's more massively measured performance comes off equal to or better than his predecessor's. Are Hickox's recordings better than -- more definitive than -- Davis'? No, perhaps not, but they are still superb and still fascinating and anyone who loved the earlier recordings will in all likelihood love the later recordings as well. Chandos' sound is big, loud, and clear.

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Release Date: 10/18/2005
Label: Chandos
UPC: 0095115133026
catalogNumber: 10330
Rank: 111075


  1. Symphony No. 1
  2. Symphony No. 2
  3. Symphony No.3 for soprano & orchestra
  4. Symphony No. 4
  5. New Year Suite, suite from the opera for orchestra

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