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A Child of Our Time

Tom McKinney introduces a concert of music by Britten and Tippett from Symphony Hall Birmingham given by the CBSO and Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla.

“The world turns on its dark side”, so begins Michael Tippett’s choral masterpiece ‘A Child of our Time’, composed during the early years of the Second World War and giving expression to Tippett’s hopes for a better world. The performance of the secular oratorio this evening, with a starry cast, opens the CBSO’s new concert season under its Musical Director Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, and is presented alongside a piece in a similar vein, from the same period, by Tippett’s contemporary, Benjamin Britten. The concert is introduced by Tom McKinney.

PART ONE
Benjamin Britten: Sinfonia da Requiem

INTERVAL
Michael Tippett: Piano Sonata No 1 - First Mvt: Allegro
(Peter Donohoe - Piano CD)
Tom McKinney talks with Tippett biographer Oliver Soden about the background to ‘A Child of our Time’.

PART TWO
Michael Tippett: A Child of our Time

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla – conductor
Talise Trevigne – soprano
Felicity Palmer – mezzo
Joshua Stewart – tenor
Brindley Sherratt – bass
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Chorus (Chorus Master: Simon Halsey)

2 hours, 28 minutes

Music Played

  • Benjamin Britten

    Sinfonia da Requiem

    Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Mirga Gražinytė‐Tyla.
  • Michael Tippett

    Sonata No 1 for piano

    Performer: Peter Donohoe.
    • TIPPETT: Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-3.
    • NAXOS.
    • 1.
  • Michael Tippett

    A Child of our Time

    Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Mirga Gražinytė‐Tyla.
  • Richard Strauss

    Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, Op.60 - suite for orchestra

    Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Conductor: Neville Marriner.

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