Translucent textures with Knussen
Half an hour of uninterrupted music featuring the luminous sound worlds of Oliver Knussen and Tchaikovsky, juxtaposed with seasonal folk song arrangements from England and France.
Oliver Knussen's translucent and stirring Symphony No 3 is the featured work for "Our Classical Century", starting off a sequence of music which reflects its luminous tuned percussion textures as well as embracing the seasonal holiday weather. Tchaikovsky's Sugar Plumb Fairy employs a similar sound world to Knussen but with a very different style, as does Leroy Anderson's joyous Bugler's Holiday. Other music in the mix includes a poignant piano piece by Frank Bridge, a lyrical French fantasy and folk music arrangements from the pastures of the Auvergne and rural England.
Producer Helen Garrison