Tuesday, January 14, 2003


The fifth anniversary of the death of Michael Tippett (8 January), one of the great composers of the twentieth century, was largely ignored by the BBC and other British broacast media. But as part of the Barbican Centre's London weekend celebrating the music of Mark-Anthony Turnage - a great Tippett advocate - the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra (conducted by Sian Edwards) will perform his 'Symphony No. 2' at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama on Thursday 16 January 2003. (19.00 in the Music Hall). The concert will also include Turnage's 'Drowned Out' amd 'Fandango'.

Three of the four Tippett symphonies, plus the 'Suite in D', have at long last been re-issued in the original recordings (London Symphony Orchestra / Colin Davis, with Heather Harper - sop). See Decca 473092-2. The 'Suite in D' is performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra / Georg Solti.

At the moment the BBC have profiles of neither Tippett nor Britten on their website. But they do have a Tippett biography and a good discography.

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