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GOEHR, A.: Marching to Carcassonne / When Adam Fell / Pastorals (P. Serkin, BBC Symphony, London Sinfonietta, Knussen)

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release date: February 2013

Originally recorded in 2013


BBC Symphony Orchestra

London Sinfonietta

Knussen, Oliver

Oliver Knussen


Oliver Knussen


Peter Serkin



Barbican Hall, London, UK

Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, UK

BBC Maida Vale Studio 1, London, UK

Record Label


Orchestral & Concertos


Total Time - 63:06
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GOEHR, A.: Marching to Carcassonne / When Adam Fell / Pastorals (P. Serkin, BBC Symphony, London Sinfonietta, Knussen)

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When Adam Fell, Op. 89

 Oliver Knussen Conductor

Pastorals, Op. 19

 Oliver Knussen Conductor

Marching to Carcassonne, Op. 74

3 I. March 2:44
 Peter Serkin Soloist
4 II. Introduction - 1:16
 Peter Serkin Soloist
5 III. Invention 2:39
 Peter Serkin Soloist
6 IV. Chaconne 5:23
 Peter Serkin Soloist
7 V. March - 1:28
 Peter Serkin Soloist
8 VI. Night - 3:01
 Oliver Knussen Soloist
9 VII. Burlesque 2:13
 Peter Serkin Soloist
10 VIII. March - 0:50
 Peter Serkin Soloist
11 IX. …marching to Carcassonne, Labyrinth 11:42
 Peter Serkin Soloist
 Knussen, Oliver

Alexander Goehr is a central figure of the post-war Manchester School of composers with Birtwistle and Maxwell Davies. His work is recognised today for its assimilation of intellectual rigour with transparent expressiveness and richly haunting sonorities. This programme ranges from the Gabrieli-inspired virtuoso brass of Pastorals and the labyrinthine structures of Marching to Carcassonne, to When Adam Fell, with its extraordinary descending intervals discovered in Bach. Alexander Goehr’s close association with Oliver Knussen and the musicians on this recording make these performances uniquely authoritative.

"... Peter Serkin is a first-rank soloist - luxury casting, one might argue his primary strength being his clear sensitivity and lightness of touch. The London Sinfonietta plays with expertattunement to Goehr’s glistening soundworld..."

Colin Clarke - Piano International magazine - September/October 2013

"... The BBC Symphony Orchestra plays this virtuosic work with panache and gusto... The sound technicians deserve equal credit in the success of this production: The sound is well balanced, the echo effects clear, and the instrumental dialog has been captured so well that, closing one’s eye’s it is hard to believe that one is not in a concert hall."

Scott Noriega - Fanfare - July/August 2013

                 Performance *****      Recording ****

"...Goehr’s abrupt and sometimes fragmentary style sometimes takes a few listens to grasp, but its lean textures and evocative instrumental colours are ideal for Oliver Knussen’s meticulous ear for detail and delight in sonority. Himself a dedicatee of When Adam Fell  Knussen brings out the music’s sparkle and lively character."

Daniel Jaffé - BBC Music magazine - April 2013

"...Goehr’s music is full of lapidary detail and in the case of When Adam Fell has an impressionistic patina – a sort of dissonant Ravel but always with a sense of line and continuity.Marching to Carcassonne is ... an aural delight with Goehr’s proclivity for filigree assertively to the fore. There is real transparency here and even when the moods are wan and misty the instrumental detail leaps out at you.This CD adds invaluably to the far from overcrowded Goehr discography ..."
Rob Barnett - - February 2013

 "...Immediate yet well-balanced sound..."

Richard Whitehouse - International Record Review - March 2013

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