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Composer: Goehr, Alexander (b. 1932)

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Year of birth1932
NationalityUnited Kingdom
Period20th century
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Prom 56: Knussen conducts Knussen

Oliver Knussen  ©  Malcolm Crowthers
In days gone by, if you went to see a Mahler Symphony, you wouldn't feel you’d had the full experience unless Gustav himself was waving the baton. Nowadays the privilege of watching a composer conduct his own work is a somewhat rarer one, though fortunately not yet a completely extinct practice, and watching Knussen’s Symphony No.
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Oliver Knussen and the BBC Symphony Orchestra in a fascinating programme

Oliver Knussen,  ©  Clive Barda
Oliver Knussen has a reputation for presenting interesting and unusual programmes, and this evening in the sumptuous Barbican Hall was no exception. This concert featured new and rarely-performed music, including both a world première and a UK première.The opening Symphony no. 10 by Nikolai Miaskovsky was a triumph.
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