Keith Tippett - The Monk Watches The Eagle
Cat. no: DISCUS102CD
Release Date: 4th December 2020
Keith Tippett was commissioned to write this work for the 2004 Norwich and Norfolk Festival, where it received its premier (and to date only) performance, together with a broadcast by BBC Radio 3. It is a beautiful and stirring work for large choir, saxophone octet and solo improvising voice.
Whilst clearly referencing the great polyphonic choral music tradition, Keith’s score also enables improvisational elements to be present - in such a skilful way that the listener is left with the impression of a very unified piece despite the diversity of approaches which a close listen to the work reveals.
Julie Tippetts says “What a thrill to work alongside the BBC Singers, and be in the midst of such wonderful musicians. What generosity of warmth and spirit was displayed in this spine-tingling performance of Keith’s wonderful composition. I feel honoured to have been a part of it. I shall never forget the magical magnitude of that wonderful event. So atmospheric. Such a beautiful, moving experience.”
And the final word has to be Keith’s own dedication “A gift to my father, Patrick” - Keith Tippett
Composed and conducted by Keith Tippett, Text and solo voice Julie Tippetts
Saxophone ensemble and improvising soloists: Paul Dunmall - soprano, Kevin Figes - alto, Ben Waghorn - tenor, Chris Biscoe - baritone
The Apollo Saxophone Quartet: Tim Redpath - soprano, Rob Buckland - alto, Andy Scott - tenor, David Roach - baritone The BBC Singers
Tracks: The Monk Watches The Eagle - Part 1 / The Monk Watches The Eagle - Part 2 / The Monk Watches The Eagle - Part 3 / The Monk Watches The Eagle - Part 4 / The Monk Watches The Eagle - Part 5 / The Monk Watches The Eagle - Part 6 / The Monk Watches The Eagle - Part 7