Michael Tippett (1905-1998) [composer Of The Week]

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Barbara, Ben and the BBC20190130

Michael Tippett was a particularly absorbent composer, soaking up an incredibly wide range of inspirations and influences from the world around him, and perhaps most often from outside the field of music. His huge intellectual capacity and endless interest in other people combined with immense charisma to make him a personality to which everyone who met him seemed irresistibly drawn. His - often complex - relationships were particularly intense ones, and frequently blurred the lines between professional and personal, artistic and sexual.

This week Composer of the week looks at some of the people closest to Tippett and asks what influence they had on the life and music of a man whose story has still never been fully told. Joining Donald Macleod to explore sometimes uncharted territory is Oliver Soden, the author of a new - and the first complete - biography of the composer.

Today, Donald Macleod explores Tippett's relationship with Barbara Hepworth, Benjamin Britten, and the BBC.

Various: Variations on an Elizabethan Theme: Var 2 (Tippett): Lament
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Jac van Steen, conductor

Tippett: Fantasia Concertante on a theme of Corelli
Academy of St Martin in the Fields
Sir Neville Marriner

Tippett: The Midsummer Marriage – Act One Scene 8: ‘Is it so strange’, ‘You, you who were with me when she left me’, ‘See by a heavenly magic in this glass’.
Joan Sutherland (Jenifer), soprano
Richard Lewis (Mark), tenor
Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
John Pritchard, conductor

Tippett: Praeludium For Brass, Bells And Percussion
English Northern Philharmonia
Sir Michael Tippett, conductor

Exploring Tippett's life via his intense personal relationships. Today, Benjamin Britten.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

Christopher and David20190201

Michael Tippett was a particularly absorbent composer, soaking up an incredibly wide range of inspirations and influences from the world around him, and perhaps most often from outside the field of music. His huge intellectual capacity and endless interest in other people combined with immense charisma to make him a personality to which everyone who met him seemed irresistibly drawn. His - often complex - relationships were particularly intense ones, and frequently blurred the lines between professional and personal, artistic and sexual.

This week Composer of the week looks at some of the people closest to Tippett and asks what influence they had on the life and music of a man whose story has still never been fully told. Joining Donald Macleod to explore sometimes uncharted territory is Oliver Soden, the author of a new - and the first complete - biography of the composer.

Today, Donald Macleod looks at Tippett's lifelong friendships with the poet and playwright Christopher Fry and the journalist and writer David Ayerst.

Tippett: Dance, Clarion Air
Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Oxford
Medici String Quartet
Stephen Darlington, Director

Tippett: Piano Concerto – 1: Allegro non troppo
Benjamin Frith, Piano
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
George Hurst, conductor

Tippett: Crown of the Year – Prelude (Autumn); Victoria rules an autumn land
Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Oxford
Medici String Quartet
Stephen Darlington, Director

Tippett: The Blue Guitar – 3: Dreaming
Craig Ogden, guitar

Tippett: The Rose Lake
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Richard Hickox, conductor

Exploring Tippett's life via his intense personal relationships. Today, two friends.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

Phyllis and Francesca20190129

Michael Tippett was a particularly absorbent composer, soaking up an incredibly wide range of inspirations and influences from the world around him, and perhaps most often from outside the field of music. His huge intellectual capacity and endless interest in other people combined with immense charisma to make him a personality to which everyone who met him seemed irresistibly drawn. His - often complex - relationships were particularly intense ones, and frequently blurred the lines between professional and personal, artistic and sexual.

This week Composer of the week looks at some of the people closest to Tippett and asks what influence they had on the life and music of a man whose story has still never been fully told. Joining Donald Macleod to explore sometimes uncharted territory is Oliver Soden, the author of a new - and the first complete - biography of the composer.

Today, Donald Macleod explores the complicated and poignant relationships Tippett had with two women: his cousin, the firebrand socialist Phyllis Kemp, and Francesca Allinson, poet, writer, and fifth child of the famous flour family.

Purcell arr. Tippett: If music be the food of love 
Martyn Hill, tenor
Andrew Ball, piano

Tippett: Piano Sonata No 1, 1st movement: Allegro
Paul Crossley, piano

Tippett: Suite in D for the Birthday of Prince Charles: 3 – Procession and Dance, 4 – Carol, 5 - Finale
London Symphony Orchestra
Sir Colin Davis

Tippett: String Quartet No 2: Andante
Heath Quartet

Tippett: The Heart’s Assurance
Martyn Hill, tenor
Andrew Ball, piano

Exploring Tippett's life via his intense personal relationships. Today, his cousin Phyllis

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

TS Eliot and WB Yeats20190128

Michael Tippett was a particularly absorbent composer, soaking up an incredibly wide range of inspirations and influences from the world around him, and perhaps most often from outside the field of music. His huge intellectual capacity and endless interest in other people combined with immense charisma to make him a personality to which everyone who met him seemed irresistibly drawn. His - often complex - relationships were particularly intense ones, and frequently blurred the lines between professional and personal, artistic and sexual.

This week Composer of the week looks at some of the people closest to Tippett and asks what influence they had on the life and music of a man whose story has still never been fully told. Joining Donald Macleod to explore sometimes uncharted territory is Oliver Soden, the author of a new - and the first complete - biography of the composer.

Today, the week begins by examining the very significant influence on Tippet's life and work of the literary figure TS Eliot; heard in two of Tippett's largest compositions. In the 1930s Tippett would produce the major work for which he's still best known, A Child of Our Time - a musical landmark which also established the way Tippett would approach composition throughout his life. Towards the other end of his life, he produced an astonishing, deconstructed setting of WB Yeats' metaphorical poem, Byzantium.

Tippett: Where The Bee Sucks from Songs for Ariel
Martyn Hill, tenor
Andrew Ball, piano

Tippett: A Child of Our Time (Part 1)
Cynthia Haymon, soprano
Cynthia Clarey, alto
Damon Evans, tenor
Willard White, bass
London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Richard Hickox, conductor

Tippett: Byzantium 
Faye Robinson, soprano
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Sir Georg Solti, conductor

An exploration of Tippett's life via his intense personal relationships. Today, TS Eliot.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

Wilf, John, Karl and Meirion20190131

Michael Tippett was a particularly absorbent composer, soaking up an incredibly wide range of inspirations and influences from the world around him, and perhaps most often from outside the field of music. His huge intellectual capacity and endless interest in other people combined with immense charisma to make him a personality to which everyone who met him seemed irresistibly drawn. His - often complex - relationships were particularly intense ones, and frequently blurred the lines between professional and personal, artistic and sexual.

This week Composer of the week looks at some of the people closest to Tippett and asks what influence they had on the life and music of a man whose story has still never been fully told. Joining Donald Macleod to explore sometimes uncharted territory is Oliver Soden, the author of a new - and the first complete - biography of the composer.

Today, Donald Macleod looks at Tippett's complex relationships with four people he loved and some of the music linked with them: the sculptor Wilf Franks; conductor John Minchinton; painter, Karl Hawker; and the writer on music, Meirion Bowen.

Tippett: Music
Martyn Hill, tenor
Andrew Ball, piano

Tippett: String Quartet No 1: 2 – Lento Cantabile
Heath Quartet

Tippett: Symphony No 2: 2 – Adagio molto e tranquillo
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Martyn Brabbins, conductor

Tippett: Songs for Achilles
Martyn Hill, tenor
Craig Ogden, guitar

Tippett: The Knot Garden – Enough, Enough
Josephine Barstow, soprano
Jill Gomez, soprano
Yvonne Minton, mezzo-soprano
Robert Tear, tenor
Thomas Carey, baritone
Thomas Hemsley, baritone
Raimund Herincx, baritone
ROH, Covent Garden
Sir Colin Davis, conductor

Exploring Tippett's life via his intense personal relationships. Today, his lovers.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.