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Composer: Casken, John (b. 1949)

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Year of birth1949
NationalityUnited Kingdom
PeriodContemporary
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LondonMarcus Farnsworth

Schubert, Fauré, Mahler, Casken, Britten
Marcus Farnsworth; James Baillieu
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John Casken's Madonna of Silence premiered

Jamie Phillips © Sim Canetty-Clarke
John Casken's intriguing new work for trombone and orchestra presents a musical interpretation of a Michelangelo drawing, along with superb Mozart and powerful Prokofiev. 
****1
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Birdsong from the trenches: Casken's Apollinaire's Bird

Sir Mark Elder © Simon Dodd
A superb concert from the Hallé and Sir Mark Elder included John Casken's 2014 oboe concerto Apollinaire's Bird, a rare piece by Elgar and Vaughan Williams' powerful Fourth Symphony
*****
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Zehetmair's Final Bow with the Northern Sinfonia

Hall One of Sage Gateshead was packed for a characteristic Thomas Zehetmair programme, with Mozart, Bartók, a world première and a trademark Beethoven symphony to mark the end of his tenure as musical director of Royal Northern Sinfonia.
****1
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The Hallé and Sir Mark Elder: Shostakovich, Casken and Weill

Stéphane Rancourt gives the world première of John Casken's Apollinaire's Bird alongside brilliant Shostakovich and Weill. 
****1
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A musical embrace from John Casken and the Royal Northern Sinfonia

Composer John Casken presents two of his own pieces, and works by his friends and mentors Toru Takemitsu and Witold Lutosławski in a Royal Northern Sinfonia Late Mix concert at Sage Gateshead.
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