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Tippett: A Child of our Time [CD]

Richard Hickox Audio CD
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  • Performer: Cynthia Haymon, Cynthia Clarey, Damon Evans, Willard White
  • Orchestra: London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Composer: Sir Michael Tippett
  • Audio CD (1 Oct 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Chandos
  • ASIN: B000000AQR
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 122,912 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. A Child of our Time: Part I: The world turns on its dark side (Chorus) 4:590.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. A Child of our Time: Part I: The Argument: Man has measured the heavens (Alto) 3:040.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. A Child of our Time: Part I: Scene: Is evil then good? (Chorus, Alto) 3:060.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. A Child of our Time: Part I: Now in each nation (Bass) 1:100.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. A Child of our Time: Part I: Chorus of the Oppressed: When shall the userers' city cease (Chorus) 2:100.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. A Child of our Time: Part I: I have no money for my bread (Tenor) 3:250.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. A Child of our Time: Part I: How can I cherish my man in such days (Soprano) 3:330.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. A Child of our Time: Part I: A Spiritual: Steal away (Chorus, Soprano, Tenor) 2:320.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. A Child of our Time: Part II: A star rises in mid-winter (Chorus) 3:400.59  Buy MP3 
Listen10. A Child of our Time: Part II: And a time came (Bass)0:170.59  Buy MP3 
Listen11. A Child of our Time: Part II: Double Chorus of Persecutors and Persecuted: Away with them! (Double Chorus)0:560.59  Buy MP3 
Listen12. A Child of our Time: Part II: Where they could, they fled (Bass)0:220.59  Buy MP3 
Listen13. A Child of our Time: Part II: Chorus of the Self-righteous: We cannot have them in our Empire (Chorus)0:480.59  Buy MP3 
Listen14. A Child of our Time: Part II: And the boy's mother wrote a letter (Bass)0:140.59  Buy MP3 
Listen15. A Child of our Time: Part II: Scene: O my son! (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass) 1:290.59  Buy MP3 
Listen16. A Child of our Time: Part II: A Spiritual: Nobody knows the trouble I see, Lord (Chorus, Soprano, Tenor) 1:170.59  Buy MP3 
Listen17. A Child of our Time: Part II: Scene: The boy becomes desperate in his agony (Bass, Alto) 1:310.59  Buy MP3 
Listen18. A Child of our Time: Part II: They took a terrible vengeance (Bass)0:320.59  Buy MP3 
Listen19. A Child of our Time: Part II: The Terror: Burn down their houses! (Chorus) 1:010.59  Buy MP3 
Listen20. A Child of our Time: Part II: Men were ashamed of what was done (Bass)0:370.59  Buy MP3 
Listen21. A Child of our Time: Part II: A Spiritual of Anger: Go down, Moses (Chorus, Bass) 3:290.59  Buy MP3 
Listen22. A Child of our Time: Part II: The boy sings in his prison: My dreams are all shattered (Tenor) 3:420.59  Buy MP3 
Listen23. A Child of our Time: Part II: What have I done to you, my son? (Soprano) 1:380.59  Buy MP3 
Listen24. A Child of our Time: Part II: The dark forces rise like a flood (Alto) 1:030.59  Buy MP3 
Listen25. A Child of our Time: Part II: A Spiritual: O, by and by (Chorus, Soprano) 1:250.59  Buy MP3 
Listen26. A Child of our Time: Part III: The cold deepens (Chorus) 5:330.59  Buy MP3 
Listen27. A Child of our Time: Part III: The soul of man (Alto) 2:180.59  Buy MP3 
Listen28. A Child of our Time: Part III: Scene: The words of wisdom are these (Bass, Chorus) 6:510.59  Buy MP3 
Listen29. A Child of our Time: Part III: General Ensemble: I would know my shadow and my light (Chorus, Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass) 6:160.59  Buy MP3 
Listen30. A Child of our Time: Part III: A Spiritual: Deep river (Chorus, Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass) 3:550.59  Buy MP3 


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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A study of the twentieth century 14 Mar 2003
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For many, this is the most moving oratorio ever written - not just because its principal subject matter is so emotive, but because musically and philosophically, it is a work of immense spirituality.
Tippett wrote his own libretto. One that, with searing insight, forces us to face the 'shadow' (the dark side) of humanity and recognise the 'glory of light'.
I cannot listen to this work now without being moved to tears at least twice; every time when the incarcerated teenager screams to his desperate mother: 'I will defy the world to reach you!'.
This Hickox recording is close to perfection. It is the four soloists that make this recording what it is, but the sound quality is incredible and Hickox responds to the finest moments with extraordinary subtlety.
Monumental.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential 28 Jun 2014
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In October I shall be singing it with Dorchester Choral Society in our twin town in Germany. It is not easy and I need to learn it. The version I bought is excellent and a great help.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful 6 Dec 2013
By Thomas Martin - Published on Amazon.com
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I have lived with "A Child of Our Time" since my LP days when I purchased the Colin Davis recording (sorely needing a remastering/reissue), and then acquired the composer's wonderful recording Tippett: A Child of Our Time (Oratorio in Three Parts)when it was released by the BBC Music Magazine, followed soon after by Previn with the RPO Child of Our Time (IMO, a rare misfire for him - or perhaps it was the mediocre MCA transfer), and, finally, I think the finest recording available - Richard Hickox and the LSO and Chorus with an absolutely radiant group of soloists. Although I would not be without the composer's recording (irresepctive of his age at the time of the performance), Hickox was a superlative choral and orchestral conductor and his remains my reference recording for Tippett's timeless masterpiece. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tippett's Oratorio Is Provocative 24 Aug 2005
By Todd P. Phillips - Published on Amazon.com
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Though it premiered in March of 1944, "A Child of our Time" remains thought provoking in its social-philosophic message some sixty years later. The 1992 recording on Chandos, captures its spirit and intensity. Well, worth listening to. The work was performed this summer (2005) at the Berkshire Choral Festival.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Lyrical and Lush Modern Masterwork 13 Nov 2003
By Christopher Schmitz - Published on Amazon.com
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Michael Tippett's "A Child of Our Time" is truly one of the gems of 20th century composition. Baritone and soprano arias segue into choruses based on Negro spirituals as Tippett, a gay man, makes an encompassing comment on oppression: anti-Semitism, racism, and homophobia.
At the oratio's center is the historically true story of a 17-year-old Polish Jew, Herschel Gryszpan, avenging his father's death at the hands of fascists by shooting a Nazi officer in Paris. (The Germans reacted violently to this perceived insolence, herding Jews to the gas chambers with special zest following the incident.)
That a doomed but noble adolescent would appear at the center of a pederastic composer's best work is wholly predictable, but Tippett, who wrote both the words and music here, doesn't attempt to develop Herschel as a character. Instead, the boy becomes a symbol for the oppressed throughout history.
The simple words of the arias limn their suffering: "I have no money for my bread. I have no gift for my love." This is sung by a lone soprano and then resolves exquisitely into a choral version of the spiritual "Steal Away," which dreams of an escape from a torturous world. As the choir sings, the soprano voice still streaks the group vocal with mellifluous runs. Sublime. Utterly gorgeous.
This rich work also carries us through seasons. Winter is first along with the cold consequences of Herschel's assasination. By the end, it is spring again, and we are on the bank of a "Deep River" greening back into life. Tippett seems to believe in the human spirit and its power the weather atrocities and be reborn. The British composer stretches his gift for lushness and lyricism to the very end of this Bach-inspired composition. "Burn down their houses! Beat in their heads!" are among the many lines whose melodies are so memorable I could sing them to you now.
This is an Anglo-Saxon sorrow song, a white man's blues.
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