Michael Tippett’s choral masterpiece packs a powerful pacifist message that still resonates today. In his first concert of the season principal guest conductor Ryan Wigglesworth couples it with Sinfonia da Requiem by Benjamin Britten, a near contemporary and fellow conscientious objector who often overshadowed Tippett. But A Child Of Our Time, given its premiere during the Second World War, stands comparison with Britten’s later War Requiem. This meditative hour long oratorio is a work of subtle allusions and melodic richness. Modelled on Handel’s Messiah and the Passions of J.S. Bach, its emotional essence lies in five spirituals that Tippett incorporated into the score, in which the suffering of oppressed people throughout history is given universal resonance. Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man completes this trio of humanistic works facing up to a world engulfed in cataclysmic conflict. We’ve teamed up with the Hallé to offer readers 15% off prices A-E. To take advantage, book via the website below using the code ‘WIRE’.

Thu 27 Oct, Bridgewater Hall, Lower Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3WS. Tel: 0161 907 9000, 7.30pm, £13.50-£41. www.halle.co.uk

Thu 27 Oct
Neil Sowerby
Published on:
Sun 23 Oct 2016