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Composer: Casken, John (b. 1949)

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Year of birth1949
NationalityUnited Kingdom
PeriodContemporary
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ManchesterThe Hallé - Prokofiev's Fifth Symphony

© Benjamin Ealovega
Mozart, Casken, Prokofiev
The Hallé; Jamie Phillips; Katy Jones
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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

Thomas Zehetmair © Dan Brady
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

Mark Elder © Simon Dodd
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

John Casken © Tom Bangbala
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.
****1
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Late Mix Motets: Bach, Brucker and Casken

A disappointing performance of motets by Bach and Bruckner is rescued by an imaginative and evocative new work by John Casken, performed by Chorus of Royal Northern Sinfonia and flautist Juliette Bausor.
***11
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