Thursday 27th October 2016
The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
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Copland - Fanfare for the Common Man 3'
Britten - Sinfonia da Requiem 22'
Tippett - A Child of Our Time 66'
Sophie Bevan, Soprano
Jennifer Johnston, Mezza-soprano
Mark Padmore, Tenor
Matthew Brook, Bass-baritone
Tippett’s choral masterpiece A Child of Our Time was written at the beginning of the Second World War as a protest against ‘man’s inhumanity to man’. Modelled on Handel’s Messiah and the Passions of J.S. Bach, its emotional essence lies in five spirituals Tippett incorporated into the score in which the suffering of oppressed people throughout history is given universal resonance. Britten’s Sinfonia da Requiem dates from the same troubled period as the Tippett and is also an intensely humanistic piece. In the work Britten expresses anger and despair at the cataclysm beginning to engulf the world. As a precursor to both, the concert opens with Copland’s great tribute to his fellow Americans, a piece also written during the same conflict.
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