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Sound Frontiers: Working with Maurice Sendak

Donald Macleod focuses on Oliver Knussen's long-time friendship with Maurice Sendak, author and illustrator of the famous children's book Where the Wild Things Are.

As part of Radio 3 live at Southbank Centre, London, Donald Macleod presents special editions of the long-running series that began life just three years before the launch of the 'Third Programme' in 1946. Donald invites celebrated British composer Oliver Knussen to join him live at the Radio 3 pop-up studio to discuss a life and career that spans nearly all of Radio 3's seven decades.

Today, they focus on Oliver Knussen's long-time friendship with Maurice Sendak, author and illustrator of the famous children's book, Where the Wild Things Are.

Songs and a Sea Interlude, Op 20a
Claire Booth, soprano
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Ryan Wigglesworth, conductor

Higglety Pigglety Pop! Op 21: First interlude and scenes 4-5
Cynthia Buchan, mezzo soprano (Jennie)
Lisa Saffer, soprano (Baby)
Rosemary Hardy, soprano (Rhoda / Baby's Mother)
Christopher Gillet, tenor (Cat)
London Sinfonietta
Oliver Knussen, conductor

Where the Wild Things Are, Op 20: Scene 6 "The Wild Rumpus"
Lisa Saffer, soprano (Max)
London Sinfonietta
Oliver Knussen, conductor.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Oliver Knussen

    Vivace - Three Little Fantasies Op.6a

    Ensemble: Esbjerg Ensemble.
    • KONTRAPUNKT : 3200-2.
    • KONTRAPUNKT.
    • 1.
  • Oliver Knussen

    Songs and a sea-interlude from "Where the wild things are" Op.20a

    Orchestra: BBC Scottish S O. Conductor: Ryan Wigglesworth. Singer: Claire Booth.
  • Oliver Knussen

    Higglety pigglety pop!

    Performer: London Sinfonietta. Singer: Cynthia Buchan. Singer: Christopher Gillett. Singer: Rosemary Hardy. Singer: Stephen Richardson. Singer: Lisa Saffer. Singer: David Wilson‐Johnson. Conductor: Oliver Knussen.
    • Deutsche Grammophon: 4695562.
    • 6.
  • Oliver Knussen

    Where the wild things are Op. 20

    Singer: Lisa Saffer. Orchestra: London Sinfonietta. Conductor: Oliver Knussen.
    • DEUTSCHE GRAMMOP : DG469-558-2.
    • DEUTSCHE GRAMMOP.
    • 9.

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