Tippett: Praeludlum for brass, bells and percussion; Symphony No. 3

COMPOSERS: Tippett
LABELS: Chandos
WORKS: Praeludlum for brass, bells and percussion; Symphony No. 3
PERFORMER: Praeludlum for brass, bells and percussion; Symphony No. 3
CATALOGUE NO: CHAN 9276 DDD
This is Tippett’s most fascinating symphony, ranging from a dramatic opening movement, through a richly scored Lento and multi-layered scherzo, to a finale in which he uses a series of sung blues to give a more realistic reinterpretation of Beethoven’s unalloyed optimism in his Choral Symphony. This new disc marginally improves on the pioneering LSO/Davis account, with a warmer acoustic and more idiomatic singer, but slightly less assured string playing. Matthew Rye

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