Tippett, Vaughan Williams, English Sinfonia, John Farrer - Concerto For Double String Orchestra

Published Sunday 20th August 2006
Tippett, Vaughan Williams, English Sinfonia, John Farrer - Concerto For Double String Orchestra
Tippett, Vaughan Williams, English Sinfonia, John Farrer - Concerto For Double String Orchestra

STYLE: Classical
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 16882-9784
LABEL: Resonance RSN3057
FORMAT: CD Album
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Reviewed by Liz Knowles

The pairing of Michael Tippett (1905-1998) with Vaughan Williams is a good one. Both composers were firmly rooted in the 20th century. Tippett incorporated modern elements such as jazz and blues into his music yet looked to the baroque for inspiration, while Vaughan Williams famously looked to English folk song for much of his inspiration. Both wrote exceptionally well for strings, providing elegantly lyrical melodies for the lower voices (viola, cello, bass) rather than plodding harmony. The production here seemed a little noisy in places though perhaps acceptable in a budget priced re-release of recordings from the 1990s. The English Sinfonia's playing is vibrant and eloquent, and does fair justice to the writing.


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