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Jessye Norman|Tippett: A Child of Our Time

Tippett: A Child of Our Time

Jessye Norman, Dame Janet Baker, Richard Cassilly, John Shirley-Quirk, BBC Singers, BBC Choral Society, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis

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English composer Michael Tippett wrote his oratorio A Child of Our Time between 1939 and 1941. Written in the middle of the war, the work is typical of the writer's pacifism and anti-Nazism. It tells the story of a young man feeling out of place in the society around him. Inspired by the true story of a young Polish Jew who killed a German diplomat in 1938, providing the pretext for the horrors of Kristallnacht, this profane oratorio underscores the darkness and light which are a part of all of us.
Formally, Tippett's situates itself in a long tradition of English oratorios going back to Handel's Messiah, structured around a succession of arias and recitatives in the style of Bach's Passions . The score is characterised by the use of American "spirituals", songs of oppression which also play the role of Bach's chorales.
This album is the first of three recordings by Sir Colin Davis, a great defender of Tippett's music in general and of this masterpiece in particular. Made in London in 1975 with the exceptional voices and dramatic performances of Jessye Norman and Janet Baker, this vibrant manifesto for peace is conducted with great fervour by Sir Colin Davis, with the forces of the BBC on hand, supported by the voices of Richard Cassilly, tenor, and John Shirley-Quirk, bass. Begun on the day that Britain declared war on Hitler's Germany, this oratorio is a response to European barbarism and disunity. It is a strong work with a message which is as depressing as it is contemporary. © François Hudry/Qobuz

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A Child of our Time / Part 1 (Sir Michael Tippett)

1
"The World Turns On Its Dark Side"
00:05:00

Sir Colin Davis, Conductor, MainArtist - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - BBC Singers, Choir, MainArtist - BBC Choral Society, Choir, MainArtist - Sir Michael Tippett, Composer, Author - Erik Smith, Producer, Recording Producer - Cees Heijkoop, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans Lauterslager, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ko Witteveen, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1975 Universal International Music B.V.

2
"Man Has Measured The Heavens"
(Dame) Janet Baker
00:01:53

Dame Janet Baker, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sir Colin Davis, Conductor, MainArtist - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Sir Michael Tippett, Composer, Author - Erik Smith, Producer, Recording Producer - Cees Heijkoop, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans Lauterslager, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ko Witteveen, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1975 Universal International Music B.V.

3
"Is Evil Then Good?"
(Dame) Janet Baker
00:03:59

Dame Janet Baker, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sir Colin Davis, Conductor, MainArtist - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - BBC Singers, Choir, MainArtist - BBC Choral Society, Choir, MainArtist - Sir Michael Tippett, Composer, Author - Erik Smith, Producer, Recording Producer - Cees Heijkoop, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans Lauterslager, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ko Witteveen, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1975 Universal International Music B.V.

4
"Now In Each Nation" - "When Shall The Userer's City Cease"
John Shirley-Quirk
00:03:13

John Shirley-Quirk, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Sir Colin Davis, Conductor, MainArtist - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - BBC Singers, Choir, MainArtist - BBC Choral Society, Choir, MainArtist - Sir Michael Tippett, Composer, Author - Erik Smith, Producer, Recording Producer - Cees Heijkoop, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans Lauterslager, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ko Witteveen, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1975 Universal International Music B.V.

5
"I Have No Money For My Bread"
Richard Cassilly
00:03:11

Sir Colin Davis, Conductor, MainArtist - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Sir Michael Tippett, Composer, Author - Erik Smith, Producer, Recording Producer - Richard Cassilly, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Cees Heijkoop, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans Lauterslager, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ko Witteveen, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1975 Universal International Music B.V.

6
"How Can I Cherish My Man In Such Days...Steal Away"
Jessye Norman
00:05:04

Dame Janet Baker, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jessye Norman, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - John Shirley-Quirk, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Sir Colin Davis, Conductor, MainArtist - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - BBC Singers, Choir, MainArtist - BBC Choral Society, Choir, MainArtist - Sir Michael Tippett, Composer, Author - Richard Cassilly, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1975 Universal International Music B.V.

A Child of our Time / Part 2 (Sir Michael Tippett)

7
"A Star Rises In Mid-Winter"
00:03:23

Sir Colin Davis, Conductor, MainArtist - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - BBC Singers, Choir, MainArtist - BBC Choral Society, Choir, MainArtist - Sir Michael Tippett, Composer, Author - Erik Smith, Producer, Recording Producer - Cees Heijkoop, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans Lauterslager, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ko Witteveen, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1975 Universal International Music B.V.

8
"And A Time Came"
John Shirley-Quirk
00:02:23

John Shirley-Quirk, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Sir Colin Davis, Conductor, MainArtist - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - BBC Singers, Choir, MainArtist - BBC Choral Society, Choir, MainArtist - Sir Michael Tippett, Composer, Author - Erik Smith, Producer, Recording Producer - Cees Heijkoop, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans Lauterslager, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ko Witteveen, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1975 Universal International Music B.V.

9
"O My Son!"
Jessye Norman
00:01:13

Dame Janet Baker, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jessye Norman, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - John Shirley-Quirk, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Sir Colin Davis, Conductor, MainArtist - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Sir Michael Tippett, Composer, Author - Erik Smith, Producer, Recording Producer - Richard Cassilly, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Cees Heijkoop, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans Lauterslager, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ko Witteveen, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1975 Universal International Music B.V.

10
"Nobody Knows The Trouble I See"
Jessye Norman
00:01:13

Dame Janet Baker, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jessye Norman, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - John Shirley-Quirk, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Sir Colin Davis, Conductor, MainArtist - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - BBC Singers, Choir, MainArtist - BBC Choral Society, Choir, MainArtist - Sir Michael Tippett, Composer, Author - Erik Smith, Producer, Recording Producer - Richard Cassilly, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Cees Heijkoop, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans Lauterslager, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ko Witteveen, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1975 Universal International Music B.V.

11
"The Boy Becomes Desperate In His Agony"
John Shirley-Quirk
00:01:20

Dame Janet Baker, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - John Shirley-Quirk, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Sir Colin Davis, Conductor, MainArtist - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Sir Michael Tippett, Composer, Author - Erik Smith, Producer, Recording Producer - Cees Heijkoop, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans Lauterslager, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ko Witteveen, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1975 Universal International Music B.V.

12
"They Took A Terrible Vengeance"
John Shirley-Quirk
00:02:03

John Shirley-Quirk, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Sir Colin Davis, Conductor, MainArtist - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - BBC Singers, Choir, MainArtist - BBC Choral Society, Choir, MainArtist - Sir Michael Tippett, Composer, Author - Erik Smith, Producer, Recording Producer - Cees Heijkoop, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans Lauterslager, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ko Witteveen, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1975 Universal International Music B.V.

13
"Go Down, Moses"
John Shirley-Quirk
00:02:55

John Shirley-Quirk, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Sir Colin Davis, Conductor, MainArtist - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - BBC Singers, Choir, MainArtist - BBC Choral Society, Choir, MainArtist - Sir Michael Tippett, Composer, Author - Erik Smith, Producer, Recording Producer - Cees Heijkoop, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans Lauterslager, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ko Witteveen, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1975 Universal International Music B.V.

14
"My Dreams Are All Shattered"
Richard Cassilly
00:03:09

Sir Colin Davis, Conductor, MainArtist - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Sir Michael Tippett, Composer, Author - Erik Smith, Producer, Recording Producer - Richard Cassilly, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Cees Heijkoop, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans Lauterslager, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ko Witteveen, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1975 Universal International Music B.V.

15
"What Have I Done To You, My Son?...O, By And By"
Jessye Norman
00:03:33

Dame Janet Baker, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jessye Norman, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sir Colin Davis, Conductor, MainArtist - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - BBC Singers, Choir, MainArtist - BBC Choral Society, Choir, MainArtist - Sir Michael Tippett, Composer, Author

℗ 1975 Universal International Music B.V.

A Child of our Time / Part 3 (Sir Michael Tippett)

16
"The Cold Deepens"
00:04:48

Sir Colin Davis, Conductor, MainArtist - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - BBC Singers, Choir, MainArtist - BBC Choral Society, Choir, MainArtist - Sir Michael Tippett, Composer, Author - Erik Smith, Producer, Recording Producer - Cees Heijkoop, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans Lauterslager, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ko Witteveen, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1975 Universal International Music B.V.

17
"The Soul Of Man"
(Dame) Janet Baker
00:02:11

Dame Janet Baker, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sir Colin Davis, Conductor, MainArtist - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Sir Michael Tippett, Composer, Author - Erik Smith, Producer, Recording Producer - Cees Heijkoop, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans Lauterslager, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ko Witteveen, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1975 Universal International Music B.V.

18
"The Words Of Wisdom Are These"
John Shirley-Quirk
00:04:19

John Shirley-Quirk, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Sir Colin Davis, Conductor, MainArtist - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - BBC Singers, Choir, MainArtist - BBC Choral Society, Choir, MainArtist - Sir Michael Tippett, Composer, Author - Erik Smith, Producer, Recording Producer - Cees Heijkoop, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans Lauterslager, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ko Witteveen, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1975 Universal International Music B.V.

19
"I Would Know My Shadow And My Light"
Richard Cassilly
00:05:53

Dame Janet Baker, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jessye Norman, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - John Shirley-Quirk, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Sir Colin Davis, Conductor, MainArtist - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Sir Michael Tippett, Composer, Author - Erik Smith, Producer, Recording Producer - Richard Cassilly, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Cees Heijkoop, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans Lauterslager, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ko Witteveen, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1975 Universal International Music B.V.

20
"Deep River"
Jessye Norman
00:03:25

Dame Janet Baker, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jessye Norman, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - John Shirley-Quirk, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Sir Colin Davis, Conductor, MainArtist - BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - BBC Singers, Choir, MainArtist - BBC Choral Society, Choir, MainArtist - Sir Michael Tippett, Composer, Author - Erik Smith, Producer, Recording Producer - Richard Cassilly, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Cees Heijkoop, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans Lauterslager, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ko Witteveen, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1975 Universal International Music B.V.

Album Description

English composer Michael Tippett wrote his oratorio A Child of Our Time between 1939 and 1941. Written in the middle of the war, the work is typical of the writer's pacifism and anti-Nazism. It tells the story of a young man feeling out of place in the society around him. Inspired by the true story of a young Polish Jew who killed a German diplomat in 1938, providing the pretext for the horrors of Kristallnacht, this profane oratorio underscores the darkness and light which are a part of all of us.
Formally, Tippett's situates itself in a long tradition of English oratorios going back to Handel's Messiah, structured around a succession of arias and recitatives in the style of Bach's Passions . The score is characterised by the use of American "spirituals", songs of oppression which also play the role of Bach's chorales.
This album is the first of three recordings by Sir Colin Davis, a great defender of Tippett's music in general and of this masterpiece in particular. Made in London in 1975 with the exceptional voices and dramatic performances of Jessye Norman and Janet Baker, this vibrant manifesto for peace is conducted with great fervour by Sir Colin Davis, with the forces of the BBC on hand, supported by the voices of Richard Cassilly, tenor, and John Shirley-Quirk, bass. Begun on the day that Britain declared war on Hitler's Germany, this oratorio is a response to European barbarism and disunity. It is a strong work with a message which is as depressing as it is contemporary. © François Hudry/Qobuz

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