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Knussen: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3


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“No figure in British contemporary music is more respected than Oliver Knussen” -The Guardian This reissue celebrates composer/ conductor Oliver Knussen’s 60th birthday. Works include the luminous Second Symphony, which takes the form of a 17-minute song cycle to texts of Georg Trakl and Sylvia Plath and Symphony No. 3, a symphonic poem about Shakespeare's Ophelia, conducted by New World Symphony Founder/ Artistic Director and San Francisco Symphony Music Director, Michael Tilson Thomas. Oliver Knussen began composing at about the age of six and at age fifteen, Knussen stepped in to conduct his First Symphony's premier at the Royal Festival Hall after István Kertész fell ill. After that debut, Barenboim asked him to conduct the work's first two movements in New York a week later. It was as early as the Second Symphony in the words of Julian Anderson, that "Knussen's compositional personality abruptly appeared, fully formed".
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Item number NMCD175
Barcode 5023363017527
Release date 4/24/2012
Category Classical Music
Label NMC RECORDINGS
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 1
Performers
Classical Composer Knussen, Oliver
Disc: 1
1 Andante misterioso - Fantastico - 00:02:12 Philharmonia Orchestra Tilson Thomas, Michael
2 Allegro con fuoco - 00:04:54 Philharmonia Orchestra Tilson Thomas, Michael
3 Molto tranquillo 00:07:46 Philharmonia Orchestra Tilson Thomas, Michael
4 Trumpets, Op. 12 00:04:02 Knussen, Oliver Hirst, Linda Collins, Michael Mitchell, Ian Pillinger, Edward
5 Ophelia Dances, Book 1, Op. 13 00:07:08 Knussen, Oliver London Sinfonietta
6 Coursing, Op. 17 00:04:56 Knussen, Oliver London Sinfonietta
7 Cantata, Op. 15 00:10:11 Nash Ensemble
8 I. Allegro - Scuro - Spettrale 00:04:30 Knussen, Oliver London Sinfonietta Barry, Elaine
9 'Die Ratten': Adagio - II. Scorrevole 00:03:12 Knussen, Oliver London Sinfonietta Barry, Elaine
10 III. 'Edge': Lentissimo 00:04:21 Knussen, Oliver London Sinfonietta Barry, Elaine
11 A tempo - IV. 'An die Schwester': Andante 00:04:06 Knussen, Oliver London Sinfonietta Barry, Elaine
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