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A Tribute to Oliver Knussen - Britten Oboe Quartet

Oboist Nicholas Daniel returns to Aldeburgh Festival with a programme of chamber works by Knussen, Britten and Debussy as well as a world premiere by Joanna Lee.

Oboist Nicholas Daniel returns to the Snape Maltings and to this year's Aldeburgh Festival with a programme of chamber works reflecting one of the festival's themes - the music of Oliver Knussen, who died last year. As a former Artistic Director, Knussen was a composer and conductor who made a huge contribution to the development of the Aldeburgh Festival after Britten’s death. So in the lead up to tonight's concert, Tom McKinney reflects on Knussen's relationship with Aldeburgh, with contributions from his close friend, the composer Colin Matthews. We also hear Knussen on CD, including:

Knussen: ".... Upon One Note" (after Purcell)
Christopher van Kampen (cello), John Constable (piano), Paul Silverthorne (viola) Michael Collins (clarinet), Clio Gould (violin)

Knussen: Prayer Bell Sketch (first version)
Peter Serkin (piano)

Knussen: Horn Concerto
Barry Tuckwell (horn)
London Sinfonietta conducted by Oliver Knussen

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From the 2019 Aldeburgh Festival, introduced by Tom McKinney:

Knussen: Fire
Britten: Phantasy Quartet
Debussy: Syrinx
Knussen: Cantata
Schumann (arr. Colin Matthews): Mondnacht
Knussen: Masks for solo flute
Colin Matthews: Oboe Quartet No.2
Joanna Lee: Among the Unlimitless Etha (world premiere)
Mozart: Oboe Quartet

Britten Oboe Quartet:
Nicholas Daniel (oboe)
Jacqueline Shave (violin)
Clare Finnimore (viola)
Caroline Dearnley (cello)

Adam Walker (flute)

2 hours, 28 minutes

Music Played

  • Oliver Knussen

    ...Upon One Note (after Purcell)

    Performer: Clio Gould. Performer: Michael Collins. Performer: Paul Silverthorne. Performer: Christopher van Kampen. Performer: John Constable.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Oliver Knussen

    Prayer Bell Sketch (1st version)

    Performer: Peter Serkin.
    • The Ocean that Has No West and No East.
    • Koch.
    • 19.
  • Oliver Knussen

    Horn Concerto Op.28

    Performer: Barry Tuckwell. Orchestra: London Sinfonietta. Conductor: Oliver Knussen.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Oliver Knussen


    Performer: Adam Walker. Ensemble: Britten Oboe Quartet.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Phantasy Quartet

    Ensemble: Britten Oboe Quartet.
  • Claude Debussy


    Performer: Adam Walker.
  • Oliver Knussen


    Ensemble: Britten Oboe Quartet.
  • Robert Schumann


    Music Arranger: Colin Matthews. Ensemble: Britten Oboe Quartet.
  • Oliver Knussen


    Performer: Adam Walker.
  • Colin Matthews

    Oboe Quartet No 2

    Ensemble: Britten Oboe Quartet.
  • Joanna Lee

    Among the Unlimitless Etha

    Performer: Adam Walker. Ensemble: Britten Oboe Quartet.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Oboe Quartet in F, K370

    Ensemble: Britten Oboe Quartet.
  • Paul Dukas

    La Péri

    Orchestra: Radio Filharmonisch Orkest. Conductor: Jean Fournet.
    • Denon.


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