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The first of three Metier CDs so far featuring the Piano Sonatas of Sir Michael Tippett alongside contemporary works, each with a different performer.

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  • Performer: Michael Tippett, John McCabe, Paul Peterson, Nigel Clarke
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  • Composer: Sir Michael Tippett
  • Audio CD (April 1, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Metier
  • ASIN: B000P0JQPK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Tippett's four Piano Sonatas constitute a great body of works, not "avant-garde" in the serial manner of Boulez or Nono or Berio, not exploring new ways of playing the time-hallowed instrument like the strand that starts with Cowell and goes through Crumb and Stephen Scott, but still entirely original, uniquely personal and quite daring even in its own (relatively) traditional language. A gap of 11 years separates the Third Sonata from 1973 from its predecessor, and Tippett would wait another 11 years to write his next and last. The Third is an impressive work and a tougher nut to crack than the first two, with its furiously and even suffocatingly pounding outer movements (but with moments of dreaminess in the first, a sonata form with contrasting elements), and its sprawling slow movement, an extended theme and four variations with the theme made of 17 hushed broken chords, including one "mystery chord". This riddle deserves some explanation, and even revelation. In the liner notes to the recording of the premiere performer Paul Crossley on CRD (Sir Michael Tippett: The Four), Tippett announces 17 chords; yet, I was puzzled to count only 16 on the score. I would have been inclined to blame myself and my lack of analytical skills (after all, some of those chords are highly decorated and never stated in their complete, vertical form, so it was very likely that I was unable to spot where one ended and the other began), had not the annotator of Caskie's recording, Jonathan Dobson, counted like me and mentioned "16"; Merion Bowen, the annotator of Nicholas Unwin's Chandos recording (...Read more ›
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