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Oliver Knussen - Symphonies No.2 & No.3

Oliver Knussen - Symphonies No.2 & No.3-Viola and Piano-Symphony
ID: NMCD175 (EAN: 5023363017527)  | 1 CD | DDD
Released in: 2012
KNUSSEN, Stuart Oliver
BARRY, Elaine (soprano) | COLLINS, Michael (clarinet) | HIRST, Linda (mezzo-soprano) | MITCHELL, Ian (clarinet) | PILLINGER, Dward (clarinet)
London Sinfonietta | Nash Ensemble | Philharmonia Orchestra
KNUSSEN, Oliver | THOMAS, Michael Tilson
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Two of Knussen's major works of the 1970s - Symphony No.2, a song cycle on texts of Georg Trakl and Sylvia Plath, and Symphony No. 3, a symphonic poem about Shakespeare's Ophelia - are coupled with Coursing, Ophelia Dances and other works.

This release on the NMC mid-price re-issue label Ancora was previously issued on Unicorn-Kanchana Records.
Composer/conductor Oliver Knussen celebrates his 60th birthday this year.
Knussen's Ophelia Dances will be performed by BCMG at his 60th birthday concert held at the CBSO Centre (Birmingham, UK)
A new release on NMC of works by Knussen is released this autumn, featuring BCMG, Ryan Wigglesworth and soprano Claire Booth.
Knussen started composing at the age of 6 and aged 15 he stepped in to conduct his symphony's première 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.
KNUSSEN, Stuart Oliver (b.1952) 
1. Symphony No. 3: Andante misterioso - Fantastico2:12 
2. Symphony No. 3: Allegro con fuoco4:54 
3. Symphony No. 3: Molto tranquillo7:46 
4. Trumpets, for soprano and 3 clarinets4:02 
5. Ophelia Dances, Book 17:08 
6. Coursing, for chamber orchestra4:56 
7. Cantata, for oboe and string trio10:11 
8. Symphony No. 2: I Allegro - Scuro - Spettrale4:30 
9. Symphony No. 2: 'Die Ratten': Adagio - II Scorrevole3:12 
10. Symphony No. 2: III 'Edge:Lentissimo'4:21 
11. Symphony No. 2: A tempo - IV 'An die Schwester':Andante4:06 


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


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