Tippett works revived with panache
This disc from Mark Padmore and Roger Vignoles should silence those critics who've dismissed Tippett as outdated
Composer: Britten, Finzi & Tippett
Artists: Mark Padmore (tenor), Roger Vignoles (piano)
Label: Hyperion CDA67459
A handful of cloth-eared critics opened Tippett’s centenary year by dismissing his work as dated, quirky rubbish. The evidence of Boyhood’s End, written for Britten and Peter Pears in 1943, should suffice to qualify such opinion, particularly when performed with the panache shown here. Finzi’s lyrical A Young Man’s Exhortation, despite Padmore’s splendidly vivid singing, sounds much more of its time.