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  • Sir Michael Tippett: Triple Concerto (for Violin, Viola, Cello) / Piano Concerto -  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
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Sir Michael Tippett: Triple Concerto (for Violin, Viola, Cello) / Piano Concerto - BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

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Tippett's Piano Concerto is the sort of piece that you would get if a 16th-century English madrigalist with Stravinsky's sense of rhythm had written Beethoven's Fourth Piano Concerto. Some combination, huh? Actually, this long- lined, lyrical work shares the same magical atmosphere as the contemporaneous opera The Midsummer Marriage, and it surely deserves to be better known. The Triple Concerto, a much later work in a thornier idiom (the opening shriek will either fascinate you or send you running for cover), but it still finds room for one of the composer's most haunting tunes in its slow movement. These performances are as fine as any, and very well recorded. --David Hurwitz

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  • Performer: Michael Tippett, Gerard Causse, Ernst Kovacic, Martino Tirimo, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Orchestra: Alexander Baillie
  • Audio CD (December 2, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nimbus Records
  • ASIN: B0000037E2
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #747,724 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Forbes on August 26, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This disc represent two of the finest works by one of Britain's greatest composers, in definative readings by thge composer himself. As such, they are self-recommending. But if you are new to Tippett,or interested in collecting some of his most intriguing instrumental works, this is a great CD for that.
The Piano Concerto is a masterwork and one of the best of it's time. Written at roughly the same time as the composer's opera, The Midsummer Marriage, this work is steeped in the ecstatic lyricism that informs that work. Tippett was inspired by a performance of the Beethoven Fourth Concerto and wished to create a work in which the piano could truly sing. He certainly does in this piece. Though difficult, the concerto is not flashy, which may explain it's rarity on concert performances. Rather, the piano is a first among equals, and the entire work is lyrical and very moving.
The Triple Concerto is part of Tippett's late movement toward uniting aspects of his thornier style from the 60's with the lyrical impulse from his earlier music. The piece is steeped in the sound world of the 2nd Viennese school, but it is not completely atonal. The slow movement has one of the most beautiful, ecstatic lyrical lines that Tippett ever wrote, and the piece is perfumed with the exotic sounds of the Far East, particularly with instrumentation inspired by Indonesian Gamelan music.
The performances are definative. Tippett was an expert conductor of his own music. The orchestral sound is clear and the recording is top knotch. It has become increasingly hard to get ahold of Nimbus CDs, especially of music by Tippett, so buy this while you still have the time. The work is lovely!
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