Sun (Symphony No.3)
First performed at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester on 6 January 1993, Adrian Leaper conducting the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
MALCOLM LIPKIN AND HIS RECENT MUSIC
In the Second Symphony (subtitled The Pursuit) it is Andrew Marvell who reminds us of 'Time's wingèd Chariot hurrying near' and of the eternal deserts to come, while in the Sun Symphony it is Robert Herrick's quatrain that provides an impetus for creation:
The Glorious Lamp of Heaven, the Sun
Lipkin himself writes of the Sun Symphony, which he has dedicated to his wife Judith, that 'the work's spiritual essence is also concerned with that other arc of man's own race: the morning of life, its zenith and its evening.'
It is a work that reaches out in an imaginatively large way towards the universality and sheer scope of the poetic and programmatic thought that inspired it.
HEART OF THE 'SUN'
....But it was Malcolm Lipkin's Third Symphony, entitled Sun, that was the real discovery. In its economy and energy, its sense of purpose and of power in reserve, this continuous 25-minute movement is a far more uplifting experience than many a more superficially complex score. My only worry was that some of the ideas are too full of potential to be dropped as quickly as they apparently are. But that is a first reaction, and if ever a piece deserved a follow-up performance, this is it.