The Slipped Disc daily comfort zone (170): Still doubled up

The Slipped Disc daily comfort zone (170): Still doubled up


norman lebrecht

September 01, 2020

Taking his cue from Vaughan Williams, Michael Tippett wrote some of his most beautiful pieces for a double-strings orchestra.


Colin Davis, Michael Tippett, Erich Gruenberg


  • Akutagawa says:

    You’ve changed your tune! Didn’t you once call Tippett a composer to forget?

  • Christoper says:

    The slow movement of the Double Concerto is one of my favorite pieces of English music.

  • Simon Hall says:

    Yes, you have changed your tune Norman. I remember reading your weekly column in the London Evening Standard on my commute home many years ago, and the whole one page article was a tirade against British composers. A few months ago however you recommend Harold Truscott, and now Tippett. Better late than never!

  • DML says:

    Thanks for reminding me of this fabulous piece Norman. Long time no hear. Also nudged me to listen to his Concerto for Double String Orchestra – another favourite of this period of Tippett’s output. Hopefully he’ll come back into fashion one day.

  • Michael Turner (conductor) says:

    While there are notable, individual string serenades and other major string pieces (Stravinsky’s Apollo or Bartok’s Divertimento, for example) by non-British composers, the “string piece” does seem to be a particular strength of the British composer – RVW, Elgar, Tippett, Walton, Mathias, Warlock, Britten all come to mind.

  • Robert Groen says:

    No he didn’t.