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Early Tippett

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« on: February 02, 2018, 06:43:27 pm »

I attended the concert last night in Glasgow.

I agree with most of what has been written about the piece. It is distinctly odd and I am not sure that it works as a symphonic unity. I can understand why Tippett suppressed the symphony; it is simply not echt Tuppett and his dissatisfaction with the work must have been both frustrating for him and a very clear-headed decision.It is certainly worth hearing and there are some beautiful passages but others which seem singularly out of place (including several brass passages which seemed to bear little relation to what had gone before or followed).

Heard without any knowledge of the composer's identity one would have placed it somewhere between early Sibelius and somewhat off-colour Arnold Bax.

It is certainly no undiscovered masterpiece! But perhaps further hearings may do more to clarify what the composer was attempting.
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