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Composer: Knussen, Oliver (b. 1952)

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Year of birth1952
NationalityUnited Kingdom
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This is Rattle: music from past and present transfigured and made radical

Sir Simon Rattle © Doug Peters | PA Wire
Simon Rattle returns to the UK in a (self-)portrait concert with the London Symphony Orchestra showcasing contemporary music
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A pot-pourri of British music in Sydney

Harriet Krijgh © Marco Borggreve
This week’s subscription concerts of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra featured only British music that was composed in the last century; three very different works in terms of compositional approach and musical language.
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Spano and the Atlanta SO strike sparks

Robert Spano © Andrew Eccles
After Knussen's Flourish with Fireworks, a program of mighty works from the early 20th century find Spano and the ASO on superb form.
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The Messiaen Connection: Salonen and members of the NY Phil

Esa-Pekka Salonen © Benjamin Suomela
As part of the New York Philharmonic’s CONTACT new music series at National Sawdust in Brooklyn, Esa-Pekka Salonen drew connections among Olivier Messiaen, two of his students (Pierre Boulez and George Benjamin) and one outlier (Oliver Knussen).
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Divine joy: stimulating Knussen, Sibelius and Scriabin from the LPO

Leonidas Kavakos © Marco Borggreve
Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic framed Leonidas Kavakos’s searching account of Sibelius’s Violin Concerto with the sensory pleasures of Scriabin.
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