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Performer: Oliver Knussen

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A bracing density of musical incident

Helen Grime © Amy Barton
Oliver Knussen and the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group excel in a cunningly linked group of works from the old (mid 1980s) to the brand new.
*****
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Prom 26: Romanticism Triumphs as the Modernists come to the Proms

Brahms's Second Piano Concerto acts as the enlightening partner to Dutch avant-garde composer Reinbert de Leeuw's first symphonic work in 40 years, under the baton of Oliver Knussen.
*****
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A dream-inspired cocktail of works from Knussen and Benjamin

A programme of personal choices curated by George Benjamin in collaboration with Oliver Knussen – that didn’t quite hang together but with two UK  premières it was a fascinating evening. 
****1
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Birtwistle's early gems mesmerise

Lean yet nuanced performances from Oliver Knussen and the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group in commemoration of Harrison Birtwistle's 80th birthday
****1
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Edinburgh International Festival: The Opening Concert

Oliver Knussen, the RSNO and Edinburgh Festival Chorus offer rarely heard titanic works in a packed Usher Hall.
****1
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Barbican’s Birtwistle at 80 over-eggs the pudding during its exploration of the chamber works

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group are masterful, but chamber works lack context during the birthday celebrations at Milton Court.
***11
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