Tippett: A Child of our Time


Tippett A Child of our Time

Tippett A Child of our Time

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Sir Colin Davis conductor

Editor's Choice Gramophone

Top 10 British Choral Works Gramophone

Opera and Vocal Disc of the Month 'Unmissable'Classic FM Magazine

'Colin Davis's touch is masterly ... The orchestral playing is peerless'
International Record Review, UK

Tippett’s response to the infamous Krystallnacht pogrom against the Jews in 1938 was his first major statement as an artist. Tippett took the title, A Child of Our Time, from a novel about a Nazi solider who suffers for showing compassion, whilst the intensity of the piece is heightened by his use of spiritual songs at the end of each section.

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Editor's Choice

'Davis and his fine solo team miraculously project a searing message of injustice known to all too many children of our time. The octogenarian's astonishing energy, fully matched by the LSO, fuels a great performance from the London Symphony Chorus. Unmissable.'

Top 10 British Choral Works

‘I can’t believe that any other recording surpasses this one in the expressive power with which choral singing and orchestral playing combine to reinforce the timeless message of this most history-conscious work, rooted as it is in events just prior to the years of its composition (1939-41)… There are emotional depths here which turn this recording into something very special.’ 

Opera and Vocal Disc of the Month
Classic FM Magazine, UK

'... Colin Davis's touch is masterly ... The orchestral playing is peerless. The casting of Indra Thomas is superb, her coloratura descants above the spirituals ideally matched ... Mihoko Fujimura sings with lustrous tone and line ... Steve Davislim and bass Matthew Rose are likewise immaculate ... the present recording under Sir Colin Davis is a magnificent realization of its omnipresent message - and it is, in the process, very moving indeed.'
International Record Review, UK

'Even finer is the LSO itself: you can feel the intensity right from the opening notes, especially from the strings, and telling phrases stand out time and time again.'
BBC Music Magazine, UK

Concert reviews
‘few maestros seem to bind together Tippett's fractured lines with as much assurance as he [Sir Colin Davis] does. Hence the ensuing shattering performance of A Child of Our Time. Davis infused the whole work with an exhilarating bounce and lilt –reinforcing, rather than detracting from, the emotional profundity ... he drew superbly incisive singing from the LSC ... and the soloists rose to the occasion too’
The Times (UK)

‘phenomenally powerful ... the work’s combination of immediate political invective and timeless spirituality remains unique and devastating. A great work, greatly performed’
The Guardian (UK)


Sir Colin Davis conductor
Indra Thomas Soprano
Mihoko Fujimura Alto
Steve Davislim Tenor
Matthew Rose bass
London Symphony Chorus
London Symphony Orchestra

Recording Details

James Mallinson producer
Neil Hutchinson and Jonathan Stokes for Classic Sound Ltd balance engineers

Recorded December 2007, Barbican, London
DSD (Direct Stream Digital) recording

Notes in English/en français/auf Deutsch

SACD - compatible with all CD players
Catalogue number - LSO0670
UPC - 822231167020

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