This programme includes some of Michael Tippett's most popular works with some of the best performances. The Corelli Fantasia is the best available and the Concerto for Double String Orchestra is similarly fine. There one one or two rarities - I'd not heard the "Little Music" before but it is a work of more substance than it's title suggests. I must admit, however, thatsandwiched between the Corelli Fantasia and the Concerto it ends up sounding a little try and being one string work too many for me. It's obscure possibbly for good reason.
The Suite in D sounds (for the Birth of Prince Charles) fresh in this performance and it is good to hear it immediately after his Fanfare. Colin Davis' version is the best available and has been difficult to get hold of. George Solti's version has been easier to come by. Be warned: Tippett allegedly hated that version and his performance of the Fourth Symphony, which was originally coupled with it. So, for this most attractive work, get this version before it disappears.
All in all, these works highlight Michael Tippett as essentially a neo classical composer, influenced by English tudor music, Hindemith and Stravinsky as well as early twentieth century English Folk / pastorlist composers such as Vaughan Williams and Holst.
This neo classical period in his work seems the period in which he was most confident and assured, though it eventually became a bit of a cul de sac - as in the "Little Music". These are great performances of Michael Tippett at his best. Highly recommended, especially at this price.
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