The Rose Lake

Sir Michael Tippett (1905)

The Rose Lake 1991-1993

3(3pic).2.ca.2.bcl.2.cbsn-6.3.3.1-4perc(glsp, xyl, vib, mar, tub bells, 2sus cym, gong, 2tam-t, s.d, b.d, 36r.toms, cast)-2hp-str(10.10.6.6.4 minimum)
Duration 
25
Genre 
Publisher 

‘During a holiday in Sengal, late in 1990, we were recommended to visit a small lake, known as Le Lac Rose, where at midday the impact of the sun was such as to transform its whitish green colour to whitish pink […]. As things turned out we reached Le Lac Rose at midday, just in time to see it turn a marvellous translucent pink. The sight of it triggered a profound disturbance within me: the sort of disturbance which told me that the new orchestral work had begun.’ Michael Tippett

Comments 

Like Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony or Debussy’s La Mer, The Rose Lake is concerned with expressions of feeling rather than description. It is Michael Tippett’s last orchestral work and is a shimmering, singing, ecstatic response in musical terms to the visual transformation that he had witnessed. His deep, lifelong relationship with the natural world and its luminous power finds a distilled essence in The Rose Lake.

Performances 
19.2.95 Barbican Hall, London: London Symphony Orchestra/Sir Colin Davis
12.5.95 Barbican Hall, London: London Festival Orchestra/Sir Colin Davis
31.7.95 Newcastle: Northern Junior Philharmonic Orchestra/Nicholas Cleobury
2.8.95 Ripon Cathedral: Northern Junior Philharmonic Orchestra/Nicholas Cleobury
12/13/14/17.10.95 Boston, USA: Boston Symphony Orchestra/Seiji Ozawa
18/19.10.95 Carnegie Hall, USA: Boston Symphony Orchestra/Seiji Ozawa
8/9/11.11.95 Symphony Hall, Toronto, Canada: Toronto Symphony Orchestra/Sir Andrew Davis
19.11.95 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival: English Northern Philharmonia/Paul Daniel
28/29.11.95 Hartford, USA: Hartford Symphony Orchestra/Michael Lankester
16.2.96 Montpellier, France: Montpellier Symphony Orchestra/John Fiore
19/20/27.7.96 Wellington/Auckland, New Zealand: New Zealand Symphony Orchestra/Lucas Vis
10.9.96 BBC Proms, London: BBC Symphony Orchestra/Sir Andrew Davis
9.11.96 Concertgebouw, Amsterdam: Rotterdam Philharmonic/Tuomas Ollila
21/22.2.97 Minneapolis, USA: Minnesota Orchestra/Sir Andrew Davis
6.3.97 Bridgewater Hall, Manchester: Hallé Orchestra/Elgar Howarth
9/10.3.97 Hanover, Germany: Niedersächsisches Staatsorchester
9.10.97 Aarhus, Denmark: Aarhus Symfoniorkester/James Loughran
22.11.97 Stockholm, Sweden: Kungliga Filharmonikerna/Sir Andrew Davis
15.2.98 Barbican Hall, London: London Symphony Orchestra/Sir Colin Davis
13.6.98 Aldeburgh Festival: BBC Symphony Orchestra/Oliver Knussen
8/9/10.10.98 Boston, USA: Boston Symphony Orchestra
14.11.98 St David's Hall, Cardiff: BBC National Orchestra of Wales/Mark Wigglesworth
18.11.98 Royal Festival Hall, London: BBC National Orchestra of Wales/Mark Wigglesworth
8.4.99 Royal Concert Halls, Glasgow: Royal Scottish National Orchestra/James Loughran
27/28.5.99 Stockholm, Sweden: Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra/Mark Wigglesworth
30.3.00 Symphony Hall, Birmingham: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle
31.3.00 Royal Festival Hall, London: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle
12.9.01 Anvil, Basingstoke: London Symphony Orchestra/Sir Colin Davis
13.9.01 BBC Proms, London: London Symphony Orchestra/Sir Colin Davis
11/13/14.10.01 Arnhem, Netherlands: Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra/Micha Hamel Swake
5/6/7.6.03 Chicago, USA: Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Sir Andrew Davis
4.11.04 St David's Hall, Cardiff: BBC National Orchestra of Wales/Richard Hickox
22/23.1.05 Los Angeles, USA: Los Angeles Philharmonic/Sir Andrew Davis
30/31.1.05 Karlsruhe, Germany: Badische Staatskapelle/Anthony Bramall
27.2.05 Barbican Hall, London: London Symphony Orchestra/Sir Colin Davis
12.3.05 Sage Gateshead: London Symphony Orchestra/Sir Colin Davis
22.11.05 St John's Smith Square, London: Kensington Symphony Orchestra/Russell Keable
19/20.4.06 Symphony Hall, Toronto, Canada: Toronto Symphony Orchestra/Sir Andrew Davis
3
Flute
3rd doubling piccolo
3
Oboe
3rd cor anglais
3
Clarinet
3rd bass clarinet
3
Bassoon
3rd contrabassoon
6
Horn
3
Trumpet
3
Trombone
1
Tuba
4
Percussion
glockenspiel, xylophone, vibraphone, marimba, tubular bells, 2 suspended cymbals, gong, 2 tam-tam, side drum, bass drum, 36 roto toms, castanets
10
Violin
10
Violin II
6
Viola
6
Cello
4
Double bass
2
Harp
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