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Rose Lake, The, The Vision Of St. Augustine (Davis, Lso)

London Symphony Orchestra Audio CD
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  • Composer: Michael Tippett
  • Audio CD (8 Nov 2004)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Catalyst
  • ASIN: B00069I6QA
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,611 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. The Rose Lake/Medium fastLondon Symphony Orchestra;Sir Colin Davis 2:330.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. The Rose Lake/The lake begins to singLondon Symphony Orchestra;Sir Colin Davis 2:500.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. The Rose Lake/FastLondon Symphony Orchestra;Sir Colin Davis 1:570.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. The Rose Lake/The lake song is echoed from the skyLondon Symphony Orchestra;Sir Colin Davis 2:080.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. The Rose Lake/FastLondon Symphony Orchestra;Sir Colin Davis 2:240.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. The Rose Lake/The LakeLondon Symphony Orchestra;Sir Colin Davis 3:250.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. The Rose Lake/Medium slow - medium fastLondon Symphony Orchestra;Sir Colin Davis 3:070.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. The Rose Lake/Medium slowLondon Symphony Orchestra;Sir Colin Davis 2:260.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The Rose Lake/The lake song leaves the skyLondon Symphony Orchestra;Sir Colin Davis 1:590.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. The Rose Lake/FastLondon Symphony Orchestra;Sir Colin Davis 2:310.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. The Rose Lake/The lake sings itself to sleepLondon Symphony Orchestra;Sir Colin Davis 2:510.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. The Rose Lake/CalmLondon Symphony Orchestra;Sir Colin Davis 1:450.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. The Vision of St. Augustine/Allegro non troppoLondon Symphony Orchestra15:333.49  Buy MP3 
Listen14. The Vision of St. Augustine/Molto adagioLondon Symphony Orchestra13:541.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. The Vision of St. Augustine/Allegro assaiLondon Symphony Orchestra 8:471.79  Buy MP3 


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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Late Work Of Great Beauty 5 May 2008
By The Wolf TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
A late work and his last large scale orchestral composition (1991-93)
found Sir Michael Tippett none-the-less still very much in control of
his art.

In his own words : "During a holiday in Senegal, late in 1990, with a
young architect friend, Graham Modlen, we were recommended to visit a
small lake, known as Le Lac Rose, where at midday the impact of the
sun was such as to transform its whitish green colour to whiteish pink
....As things turned out Graham and I reached Le Lac Rose at midday,
just in time to see it turn into a marvelous translucent pink. The sight
of it triggered a profound disturbance within me : the sort of
disturbance which told me that the new orchestral work had begun".

(Recounted in Meirion Bowen's sleeve notes 1997).

This extraordinarily beautiful work although broadly programatic in
form never becomes merely illustrational. As with much of Tippett's
musical legacy the visionary within him was never far away.

Rising out of the gamelan-like opening the sprightly woodwind, string
and percussion figures lead us towards the weightier brass chorale of the
second part, 'The Lake Begins To Sing', portentious and oppressive.

The alternation between 'lighter' interludes and the 'heavier'
transformative sequences as the lake changes colour reveals
stunning orchestration of limpid beauty, rhythmic complexity and
dark melodic power.

As with many of Tippetts' works The Rose Lake ends not with a tidy
resolution but with a question mark as percussion and strings dissolve
inconclusively into nothingness.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A remarkable vision 3 Sep 2011
By enthusiast TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
For me the reason to buy this disc is The Vision of St Augustine. This is a truly remarkable work. It is dense and complex and creates it's own vertiginous sound world that is absolutely unforgettable. The work is a tour de force for the solo baritone and John Shirley-Quirk's account is magnificent. Tippett's conducting is committed and authentic (obviously!) but it may be that another, more skilled, conductor would have been able to do more to clarify the textures and a more recent recording might have helped as well. Be all that as it may be - in the fairly unlikely event that a new version were to be recorded in the near future this one would still be an unforgettable classic.

The Rose Lake is a late piece that many find very beautiful. For me, though, it lacks the energy and inventiveness of Tippett's earlier styles (he went through many phases). It is fairly attractive - some nice "African" tuned percussion sounds! - but I find it a little dull. I feel that others have created more compelling sound worlds for achieving the kind of impact that I believe Tippett was after here and that is something I can't imagine saying about many of Tippett's earlier works.
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