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Symphonies No. 2 & 3

Knussen: Symphonies No. 2 & 3

The Classical Shop
release date: September 2012


Artists:

London Sinfonietta


Philharmonia Orchestra


Michael Tilson Thomas


Oliver Knussen



Michael Collins

clarinet

Edward Pillinger

clarinet

Ian Mitchell

clarinets

Gareth Hulse

oboe

Linda Hirst

soprano

Elaine Barry

soprano

The Nash Ensemble



Venue:

Watford Town Hall


St John's Smith Square, London



Producer:

Oliver Knussen


Antony Hodgson/ Oliver Knussen



Engineer:

Bob Auger


John Whiting/ Mike Skeet



Record Label
NMC

Genre:

Contemporary




Total Time - 57:18
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Symphonies No. 2 & 3

     
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OLIVER KNUSSEN

     
 

Symphony No. 3

 
1 I Andante misterioso – Fantastico 2:12
 
 Michael Tilson Thomas
2 II Allegro con fuoco 4:54
 
 Michael Tilson Thomas
3 III Molto tranquillo 7:46
 
 Michael Tilson Thomas
     
4 

Trumpets, for soprano and 3 clarinets

4:02
 Linda Hirst soprano
 Michael Collins clarinet
 Edward Pillinger clarinet
 Ian Mitchell clarinets
 Oliver Knussen
     
5 

Ophelia Dances, Book 1

7:08
 Linda Hirst soprano
 Michael Collins clarinet
 Edward Pillinger clarinet
 Ian Mitchell clarinets
 Oliver Knussen
     
6 

Coursing, for chamber orchestra

4:56
 Linda Hirst soprano
 Michael Collins clarinet
 Edward Pillinger clarinet
 Ian Mitchell clarinets
 Oliver Knussen
     
7 

Cantata, for oboe and string trio

10:11
 
 Gareth Hulse oboe
     
 

Symphony No. 2

 
8 I Allegro – Scuro – Spettrale 4:30
 Elaine Barry soprano
 Oliver Knussen
9 II Die Ratten': Adagio – II Scorrevole 3:12
 Elaine Barry soprano
 Oliver Knussen
10 III Edge': Lentissimo 4:21
 Elaine Barry soprano
 Oliver Knussen
11 IV A tempo – IV 'An die Schwester' Andante 4:06
 Elaine Barry soprano
 Oliver Knussen


 “No figure in British contemporary music is more respected than Oliver Knussen” -The Guardian= This reissue celebrates composer/ conductor Oliver Knussen’s 60th birthday. Works include the luminous Second Symphony, which takes the form of a 17-minute song cycle to texts of Georg Trakl and Sylvia Plath and Symphony No. 3, a symphonic poem about Shakespeare’s Ophelia, conducted by New World Symphony Founder/ Artistic Director and San Francisco Symphony Music Director, Michael Tilson Thomas.= Oliver Knussen began composing at about the age of six and at age fifteen, Knussen stepped in to conduct his First Symphony’s premier at the Royal Festival Hall after István Kertész fell ill. After that debut, Barenboim asked him to conduct the work’s first two movements in New York a week later. It was as early as the Second Symphony in the words of Julian Anderson, that "Knussen’s compositional personality abruptly appeared, fully formed".


 

 

 

 

"Performances are exceptional, which should come as no surprise given the participants" 
 
American Record Guide 

 "This is a unique opportunity to observe one of the exceptional musicians of the 20th (and 21st) century refining his craft." 

 
Fanfare magazine

 "Here is the essence of him: his precocious song-cycle symphony (No 2) and arresting Symphony No 3 (performed by the Philharmonia)… and that locus classicus of ensemble virtuosity, the five minute Coursing, with its long –sustained, leaping, complexly inflected unison line plausibly evoking Niagara Falls"

 
Sunday Times Culture magazine

 "Knussen’s musical language is complex and post-serial, yet he has the knack of conjuring clarity, wit, emotion and memorability out of an idiom that produced so much forgettable cerebral sludge" 

 
The Times

 "...These were always definative performances and it is good to have them available once more - together with Knussen’s brief yet knotty tribute to Elliott  Carter at 70, Coursing - in expert remasterings..."

 
Arnold Whittall - Gramophone magazine - January 2013



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