Knussen - Symphonies Nos 2 & 3 | NMC Recordings NMCD175

Knussen - Symphonies Nos 2 & 3

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Label: NMC Recordings

Cat No: NMCD175

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 26th March 2012

Contents

Artists

Elaine Barry (soprano)
Linda Hirst (soprano)
Michael Collins (clarinet)
Dward Pillinger (clarinet)
Ian Mitchell (clarinet)
Nash Ensemble
London Sinfonietta
Philharmonia Orchestra

Conductors

Oliver Knussen
Michael Tilson Thomas

Works

Knussen, Oliver

Cantata
Coursing
Ophelia Dances
Symphony no.2
Symphony no.3
Trumpets

Artists

Elaine Barry (soprano)
Linda Hirst (soprano)
Michael Collins (clarinet)
Dward Pillinger (clarinet)
Ian Mitchell (clarinet)
Nash Ensemble
London Sinfonietta
Philharmonia Orchestra

Conductors

Oliver Knussen
Michael Tilson Thomas

About

This release on the NMC mid-price re-issue label Ancora was previously issued on Unicorn-Kanchana Records.

Oliver Knussen's started composing at the age of 6 and, aged 15, he stepped in to conduct his symphony's premičre at the Royal Festival Hall, London in 1968, after István Kertész fell ill. After that debut, Daniel Barenboim asked him to conduct the work's first two movements in New York a week later.

This is a substantial sampler of Oliver Knussen's output in the 1970s. The two major works are 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.

'No figure in British contemporary music is more respected than Oliver Knussen' - The Guardian

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