Richard Coles investigates the life and work of Louis
MacNeice, poet, playwright and radio producer, in the light of a major new biography by Jon Stallworthy. Plus the critical response to Michael Tippett 's opera
King Priam, newly revived at the Coliseum, London. Producer Jerome Weatherald
Robert Dawson Scott watches
Tippett's opera King Priam, and Michael Berkeley chooses some outstanding new recordings.
Editor John Boundy. Revised rpt at 9.30pm
Anthony Burton introduces a concert given last Sunday at the Barbican Hall,
London, as part of the festival celebrating the 90th birthday of Sir Michael Tippett.
Alexander Barantschik (violin) Edward Vanderspar (viola) Moray Welsh (cello) London Symphony
Orchestra, conductor Colin Davis
Tippett Triple Concerto
Elgar Symphony No 1 in A flat
Between the pieces, some thoughts from Michael Tippett , Colin Davis and others on the realities of the Tippett experience.
Sponsored by Friends of the LSO See also tomorrow 7.30pm
I from the Barbican
Nigel Robson (tenor) London Sinfonietta, conductor Elgar Howarth Tippett Songs for
Dov Steve Martland American
8.30 I Am All Imagination An exploration of colours, shapes, energies and the alchemy that makes the music unmistakably Tippett: a conversation with Michael
Tippett and his colleagues including
Harrison Birtwistle , Steve Martland , Mark Anthony Turnage and Julian Phillips.
8.50 Tippett Concerto for Orchestra
from the Barbican
Anthony Burton introduces tonight's concert in the festival celebrating the 90th birthday of Sir Michael Tippett.
Faye Robinson (soprano)
Stephen Kovacevich (piano) LSO/Colin Davis
Beethoven Piano Concerto
No 4 in G
8.05 We Sense a Huge
Compassionate Power.... The power of music "to heal, to love": Tippett has always had a sense of the turbulent times through which he has lived. Colin
Davis, Heather Harper ,
Meirion Bowen and others explore the effect of Tippett the maverick, speaking out fora better world.
Symphony No 3
Final concert next Monday
by Steve May.
During the Second World War, Charlie, a young violinist, finds a place in Michael Tippett 's Voluntary Employment Orchestra.
Like the man he so admires, Charlie wants to be a virtuoso musician and a conscientious objector to the war, but for a kid from Peckham - "C3 and piss poor" according to his father - even to get a fair hearing is just not that easy.
Music played by Will Menter
(soprano saxophone) and Julian Dale (double bass), and composed and arranged by Steve May and Will Menter Director Eoin O'Callaghan
Anthony Burton introduces a concert given last Sunday at the Barbican Hall, London, as part of the festival celebrating Sir Michael Tippett 's 90th birthday. Gerhard Oppitz (piano) LSO/Colin Davis
Tippett Ritual Dances (The Midsummer Marriage)
Ravel Piano Concerto in G
Tippett The Rose Lake (first performance)
Debussy La Mer
Between the pieces,
Michael Tippett talks to Natalie Wheen about the genesis of The Rose Lake, which he has said will be his last piece.
Sir Michael Tippett's opera in Tom Cairns's dazzling production, newly restaged for English National Opera at the London Coliseum.
Andrew Shore re-creates his acclaimed performance in the title role of Priam, King of Troy, coming to terms with the tragic consequences of the choices he makes for himself, his family and his nation at bloody war with the Greeks. Presented by Natalie Wheen.
English National Opera Chorus and Orchestra, conductor Paul Daniel
Acts 1 and 2
8.05 Within This Theatre, upon This Stage
Mark-Anthony Turnage and Julian Philips consider Tippett's daring imagination and the impact his five operas have made.
8.25 Act 3
Sibelius Symphony No 7 Tippett Symphony No 4 Between the pieces Sir Michael talks about his music to Natalie Wheen. Recorded last Thursday in the Barbican Hall, London
See also tomorrow 7.30pm
Anthony Burton presents the final concert in the series given at the Barbican Hall, London, to mark Sir
Michael Tippett 's 90th birthday.
Tippett The Mask of Time Faye Robinson (soprano) Maria Popescu (mezzo) Thomas Randle (tenor)
Stephen Richardson (bass) London Symphony Chorus and Orchestra, conductor
During the interval, Natalie Wheen talks to Sir Michael about his creative journey through life and music.