Snapshots: Fiftieth birthday tributes for Oliver Knussen

Snapshots: Fiftieth birthday tributes for Oliver Knussen

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13 musical tributes to Oliver Knussen on his 50th birthday in 2001, from composers including Elliott Carter, Louis Andriessen and Magnus Lindberg.

1 Louis Andriessen: Very Sharp Trumpet Sonata
Bruce Nockles trumpet

2 Charles Wuorinen: Fifty Fifty
Rolf Hind piano | Nicolas Hodges piano

3 Alexander Goehr: only two notes for olly (the other five for later)
London Sinfonietta / George Benjamin

4 Detlev Glanert: Dancing Landscape
Rolf Hind piano | Nicolas Hodges piano

5 Elliott Carter: Au Quai
Paul Silverthorne viola | John Orford bassoon

6 Hans Werner Henze: Olly on the Shore
Rolf Hind piano

7 Augusta Read Thomas: Light the First Light of Evening
London Sinfonietta / George Benjamin

8 Robert Zuidam: I suppose a fugue is out of the question
Rolf Hind piano

9 Colin Matthews: Flourish, with fireflies
London Sinfonietta / George Benjamin

10 Julian Anderson: Quasi una passacaglia
Nicolas Hodges piano

11 Mark-Anthony Turnage: Snapshots
London Sinfonietta / George Benjamin

12 George Benjamin: Olicantus
London Sinfonietta / George Benjamin

13 Magnus Lindberg: Bubo bubo
London Sinfonietta / George Benjamin

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REVIEWS

‘… a sparkling collection of miniatures in an immense variety of styles … the players have clearly lavished great care on the pieces, with not a smudged note or hesitant entry in sight’ BBC Music Magazine

‘All of them are dazzingly well played by the Sinfonietta and pianists Nicolas Hodges and Rolf Hind, and with a roster of composers headed by Elliott Carter but also including Detlev Glanert, George Benjamin, Julian Anderson, almost every one of these 13 pieces is a gem.’ The Guardian

RECORDING CREDITS

All pieces were recorded live by BBC Radio on 12 June 2002 at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank, London. Ensemble works first broadcast on Performance on 3, BBC Radio 3, on 18 July 2002; piano works first broadcast on Hear and Now, BBC Radio 3, on 26 October 2002. Producer: Philip Tagney.

Editing and mastering: Ian Dearden for Sound Intermedia.

Catalogue number: SINF CD1-2004