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.
Knussen: Gong (from Four Late Poems and an Epigram of Rainer Maria Rilke)
Knussen: Scriabin Settings
Takemitsu: How Slow the Wind
Knussen: O Hototogisu!
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.
Schubert: Symphony No.5
Claire Booth (soprano)
Mark Padmore (tenor)
Knussen Chamber Orchestra
Ryan Wigglesworth (conductor)