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Current Listening: Oliver Knussen Conducts Elliott Carter's Music

The great American composer Elliott Carter had composed a large number of important and inspiring works. This recording features three orchestral works by the composer: the Three Occasions for Orchestra, Violin Concerto, and the Concerto for Orchestra (one of Carter’s most well-known works). 220 more words


Charlotte Bray: "At the Speed of Stillness"

At the Speed of Stillness

Charlotte Bray

NMC Recordings CD NMC D202

Claire Booth, soprano; Lucy Schaufer, mezzo-soprano; Alexandra Wood, violin; Andrew Matthews-Owen, piano; Huw Watkins, piano; Aldeburgh World Symphony, Sir Mark Elder, conductor; Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Oliver Knussen, conductor… 314 more words


Birtwistle's early gems mesmerise at Cadogan Hall

Three early gems by Harrison Birtwistle brought the 2014 Proms Saturday Matinee series to an end. Thanks to some thoughtful curation by Oliver Knussen, the programme featured works which are often overlooked; although the 1995 Last Night of the Proms catapulted Birtwistle into the public eye (thanks to the uproar which greeted Panic), the pieces which most frequently occupy concert halls nowadays date from the mid-1980s onwards. 38 more words


OLIVER KNUSSEN'S "AUTUMNAL": Yes, Knussen is making music with it

Oliver Knussen is one of the most consistently interesting composer/conductors today. He does not join the ranks of the jet setting conductor variety and his repertoire has been varied and carefully chosen: from being an impassioned advocate of late Stravinsky (and late Stravinsky needs all the advocates he can get) to excellent surveys of Peter Lieberson, Colin Matthews, Robert Saxton,Peter Serkin, David Del Tredici, Marcus Lindberg, Poul Ruders, Julian Anderson, and Ruth Crawford Seeger. 523 more words

Music Reviews

Knussen & BCMG: The Library of Congress

Ruth Crawford Seeger “Three Songs”

Lucy Schaufer, who articulated and performed them excellently
– The Washington Post


Breathing Room

It’s hard to really wrap my head around the last few months. The sheer amount of work, life, and professional events that have transpired are hard to take in, let alone… 463 more words


Britten's birthday weekend on BBC Radio 3

Photo: Erich Auerbach/Getty Images/Hulton Archive

It has been a tricky year for BBC Radio 3 in terms of balancing three high profile composer anniversary celebrations. As if the double centenaries of the birth of Wagner and Verdi were not enough, we have – of course – the centenary of Britten’s birth, celebrated all year by this blog. 794 more words

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