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An Aldeburgh tribute to Oliver Knussen

2019 marks the 50th anniversary of Oliver Knussen being invited by Britten to have his music performed at the Aldeburgh Festival and tonight's concert is a tribute to him.

2019 marks the 50th anniversary of Oliver Knussen - who died suddenly last year - being invited by Britten to have his music performed at the Aldeburgh Festival and tonight's concert is a tribute to him. The newly formed Knussen Chamber Orchestra perform music by Knussen himself as well as music and composers he admired. Presented by Tom McKinney.

Part 1
Knussen: Gong (from Four Late Poems and an Epigram of Rainer Maria Rilke)
Stravinsky: Septet
Knussen: Scriabin Settings
Takemitsu: How Slow the Wind
Knussen: O Hototogisu!

INTERVAL
During the interval Tom McKinney visits the Britten/Pears Foundation and meets the librarian Nicholas Clark to reflect on the musical relationship between Benjamin Britten and the young Oliver Knussen. Included is an extract from Britten’s opera Curlew River in the recording by the English Opera Group conducted by the composer.

Part 2
Britten: Nocturne
Schubert: Symphony No.5

Claire Booth (soprano)
Mark Padmore (tenor)
Knussen Chamber Orchestra
Ryan Wigglesworth (conductor)

2 hours, 28 minutes

Music Played

  • Oliver Knussen

    Gong (Four Late Poems and an Epigram of Rainer Maria Rilke)

    Singer: Claire Booth. Ensemble: Oliver Knussen Chamber Orchestra.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Septet

    Ensemble: Oliver Knussen Chamber Orchestra.
  • Oliver Knussen

    Scriabin Settings

    Ensemble: Oliver Knussen Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Ryan Wigglesworth.
  • Toru Takemitsu

    How Slow The Wind

    Ensemble: Oliver Knussen Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Ryan Wigglesworth.
  • Oliver Knussen

    O Hototogisu!

    Performer: Karen Jones. Singer: Claire Booth. Ensemble: Oliver Knussen Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Ryan Wigglesworth.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Curlew River - 'Curlew River, smoothly flowing' & 'Today is an important day'

    Singer: Bryan Drake. Singer: Harold Blackburn. Singer: John Shirley‐Quirk. Ensemble: English Opera Group. Conductor: Benjamin Britten.
    • DECCA (LONDON).
  • Benjamin Britten

    Nocturne

    Singer: Mark Padmore. Ensemble: Oliver Knussen Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Ryan Wigglesworth.
  • Franz Schubert

    Symphony No 5

    Ensemble: Oliver Knussen Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Ryan Wigglesworth.
  • Arcangelo Corelli

    Trio sonata in B minor Op.2`8

    Ensemble: The Purcell Quartet.
    • Chandos.

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