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Oliver Knussen: Autumnal; Choral; Violin Concerto; Requiem; Songs for Sue / Leila Josefowicz, violin; Alexandra Wood; Huw Watkins; Claire Booth

Audio Samples

>Knussen, Oliver : Choral, for band
>Knussen, Oliver : Autumnal, for violin & piano (Triptych, Part 1)
>Knussen, Oliver : Whitman Settings, for voice & piano, Op. 25
>Knussen, Oliver : Secret Psalm, for violin
>Knussen, Oliver : Prayer Bell Sketch, for piano, Op.29
>Knussen, Oliver : Concerto for Violin
>Knussen, Oliver : Requiem - Songs for Sue, for voice & chamber ensemble
>Knussen, Oliver : Ophelia's Last Dance, for piano, Op. 32

Album Summary

>Knussen, Oliver : Choral, for band
>Knussen, Oliver : Autumnal, for violin & piano (Triptych, Part 1)
>Knussen, Oliver : Whitman Settings, for voice & piano, Op. 25
>Knussen, Oliver : Secret Psalm, for violin
>Knussen, Oliver : Prayer Bell Sketch, for piano, Op.29
>Knussen, Oliver : Concerto for Violin
>Knussen, Oliver : Requiem - Songs for Sue, for voice & chamber ensemble
>Knussen, Oliver : Ophelia's Last Dance, for piano, Op. 32
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Technophonia brings together cutting edge music interfaces used by Drake Music Scotland, the nation's leading arts organization providing music-making opportunities for people with disabilities. Oliver Searle's music inspires young musicians to combine their individual talents to achieve a unique team performance.

The Guardian, 26th September 2012
The performances, several from the artists such as Josefowicz and Claire Booth for whom the works were written, are superb, and much of the music ranks among the finest composed in this country in recent decades.

Financial Times, October 2012
This CD should do more than any live performance to tell the world what a treasure he is. The Walton-esque Violin Concerto, Knussen's masterpiece, is played with dazzling artistry by Josefowicz...[the Requiem is] sung with nightingale seductiveness by Claire Booth.

American Record Guide, March / April 2013
The atmosphere is quiet and meditative, with an occasional, to go along with the mournful sighs, funereal bells, and swirls of forbidding birds. The evocative 7- minute piano work was originally premiered by Peter Serkin. It is understandably filled with bell sounds, and is Japanese in ambience. This expressive and accessible showpiece is built. It's still communicative and involving, and it's one of the most effective works of the neo-modernist type I've heard in recent memory. Despite its challenges, I found it moving and touching.

The Arts Desk, 2nd December 2012
An enthralling tribute to one of the greatest of contemporary composers...This disc offers us contemporary music to swoon over...Knussen's ear for colour rarely falters...He can suggest music of the past without ever resorting to parody...This is music which just works. Try and whistle back the melodies, and you'd struggle, but Knussen's skills as an orchestrator and architect always win the listener over.

Gramophone Magazine, January 2013
Claire Booth brilliantly manages the music's kaleidoscopic shifts of rhetorical focus and is equally successful in the earlier group of Whitman settings, given here in the version with piano accompaniment.



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Works Details

>Knussen, Oliver : Choral, for band
  • Performer: Oliver Knussen
  • Conductor: Oliver Knussen
  • Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 10 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1970-1972

>Knussen, Oliver : Autumnal, for violin & piano (Triptych, Part 1)
  • Performers: Alexandra Wood (Violin); Huw Watkins (Piano); Ryan Wigglesworth (Piano)
  • Conductor: Ryan Wigglesworth
  • Ensemble: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
  • Notes: CBSO Centre, Birmingham (04/04/2012-04/05/2012)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1977

>Knussen, Oliver : Whitman Settings, for voice & piano, Op. 25
  • Performers: Ryan Wigglesworth (Piano); Claire Booth (Soprano); Huw Watkins (Piano)
  • Notes: CBSO Centre, Birmingham (04/04/2012-04/05/2012)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Knussen, Oliver : Secret Psalm, for violin
  • Performer: Alexandra Wood (Violin)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1990

>Knussen, Oliver : Prayer Bell Sketch, for piano, Op.29
  • Performers: Huw Watkins (Piano); Ryan Wigglesworth (Piano)
  • Notes: CBSO Centre, Birmingham (04/04/2012-04/05/2012)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Knussen, Oliver : Concerto for Violin
  • Performer: Leila Josefowicz (Violin)
  • Conductor: Oliver Knussen
  • Running Time: 16 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2002
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Knussen, Oliver : Requiem - Songs for Sue, for voice & chamber ensemble
  • Performer: Claire Booth (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Oliver Knussen
  • Ensemble: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
  • Running Time: 10 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 2006

>Knussen, Oliver : Ophelia's Last Dance, for piano, Op. 32
  • Performers: Huw Watkins (Piano); Ryan Wigglesworth (Piano)
  • Notes: CBSO Centre, Birmingham (04/04/2012-04/05/2012)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2010