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Halle Orchestra

Complete performance

Monday 7 March 2005 19:30-21:30 (Radio 3)

Christopher Cook introduces an all British concert from Symphony Hall in Birmingham.

The CBSO, under the baton of Martyn Brabbins, marks the centenary this year of the birth of Sir Michael Tippett with his most famous and enduring work: A Child of our Time.

Tippett used terrible contemporary events - the murder and oppression of thousands of German Jews by Hitler in 1938 - as the focus for the work: a spiritual meditation on man's capacity for both evil and good, which continues to resonate today.

Vaughan Williams' Pastoral Symphony was sketched during his time in the trenches during the First World War, and like Tippett he looks beyond the horrors of wartime to the possibility of a better world.

Presented by Christopher Cook.

Duration:

2 hours

Playlist:

Vaughan Williams: Symphony No 3
Tippett: A Child of Our Time

Gweneth-Ann Jeffers (soprano)
Hilary Summers (mezzo-soprano)
Daniel Norman (tenor)
Keel Watson (bass)
City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus
Martyn Brabbins (conductor)




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