Tippett: The Knot Garden; A Child of Our Time

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LABELS: Philips
WORKS: The Knot Garden; A Child of Our Time
PERFORMER: Raimund Herincx, Yvonne Minton, Jessye Norman, Janet Baker; ROH Orchestra; BBC Singers, BBC Choral Society, BBC SO/Colin Davis
CATALOGUE NO: 446 331-2 ADD Reissue
As a fable of psychological healing, The Knot Garden, Tippett’s third opera, is perhaps too elliptical and over-determined, but it contains some of the composer’s most powerful music: Tippett melds his eclectic influences into a taut and sometimes lyrically rapt score. Davis elicits a tight and thrilling performance. The account of A Child of Our Time is brisk and unsentimental, with a strong team of soloists. William Humphreys-Jones