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Oliver Knussen

Oliver Knussen

Oliver Knussen CBE is one of the pre-eminent composer-conductors in the world today. Where the Wild Things Are is one of Knussen's best known works. 



Super Audio Collection Vol. 10
Super Audio Collection Vol. 10
Having reached its 10 year milestone Linn's Super Audio Collection series remains as popular as ever 

AKP 564  

Stravinsky: The Soldier's Tale
Stravinsky: The Soldier's Tale
Oliver Knussen conducts the fifth recording from the talented students of London's Royal Academy. 

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Oliver Knussen - conductor 

One of the pre-eminent composer-conductors in the world today, Oliver Knussen CBE was born in Glasgow in 1952, grew up near London (where his father was Principal Double Bass of the London Symphony Orchestra) and now lives in Suffolk. He is presently Artist-in-Association with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and Sir Richard Rodney Bennett Professor of Music at the Royal Academy of Music.

The recipient of many honours and awards, including the Nemmers Prize in 2006 and the RPS Conductor Award in 2009, he has served as Artistic Director of the Aldeburgh Festival (1983-98), Head of Contemporary Music at the Tanglewood Music Center (1986-93), Principal Guest Conductor of The Hague Residentie Orchestra (1993-97), Music Director of the London Sinfonietta (1998-2002), and Artist-in-Association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra (2009-14).

Together with Colin Matthews he founded the composition and performance courses at the Britten-Pears School in 1992 and in recent years has been invited for residencies at the Royal Academy of Music, the New England Conservatory, the Eastman School of Music and the Library of Congress in Washington DC.

Among his best-known works are the operas Where the Wild Things Are and Higglety Pigglety Pop!, written in collaboration with the late Maurice Sendak, as well as three symphonies, concertos for horn and violin and smaller-scale works including Ophelia Dances, Coursing, Songs without Voices, Two Organa and Songs for Sue.

His 60th birthday was celebrated with special events in Aldeburgh, Amsterdam, Birmingham, London and Tanglewood and he has recorded more than fifty CDs for labels including Deutsche Grammophon, Decca, Virgin and NMC.

BBC Music Magazine
4½ Stars
Performance 4 / Recording 5: 'For anyone wanting an English language account of this key Stravinsky masterpiece...this set has much to offer....the disc merits a strong recommendation.'


Fanfare
'...this new release joins this exalted company in my pantheon...an unequivocal recommendation.'
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Pizzicato
Supersonic Award: 'The musicians from the Royal Academy of Music deliver a fresh and at the same time mature version of these works.'
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Scherzo
'Linn Records has assembled an impressive cast in a very attractive version of Igor Stravinsky's The Soldier's Tale.'
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HiFi Sound
'...this Linn Records set sounds crisp, vibrant, and entirely captivating.'
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Diapason
4 Stars
'The remarkable musicians of the Royal Academy of Music Manson Ensemble forget their (relative) lack of truculence with exemplary energy and daring.'
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All Music
4½ Stars
'...a complete and highly entertaining performance of this innovative theatrical work...'
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Kerk en Leven
'...fascinating and enchanting...'
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MusicWeb International
'...the young players of the Royal Academy really revel in these and play with guts and a swagger which must be just what Stravinsky intended.'
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The Arts Desk
'...as versions of the original go, this new one is a winner. It's conducted, brilliantly, by Oliver Knussen, leading a flawless student ensemble.'
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The Art Music Lounge
'In short, this is a terrific release, so good, in fact, that I chose to replace the Nagano-Sting recording with it in my collection.'
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Crescendo
5 Stars
'Oliver Knussen offers a sharp and lucid reading...'
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The Scotsman
4 Stars
'The musical performance is one of stinging clarity and incision...'
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The Sunday Times
'[A] remarkable disc...'
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Europadisc
'...this new account goes straight to the top of the pile...a dazzling account of a modern classic.'
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BBC Radio 3 'Record Review'
'The chief delight is the characterful brilliance of the instrumental playing from the RAM ensemble under Oliver Knussen.'


Financial Times
4 Stars
'Harriet Walter’s lively Narrator is paired with two august composers in the other speaking roles.'
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The Guardian
4 Stars
'...the playing of the Royal Academy's Manson Ensemble is taut, fearless and detailed.'
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Gramophone
'Anyone who knows Knussen's magical disc of seemingly intractable late Stravinsky (DG, 10/95) or his unbeatable Fairy's Kiss (DG, 11/97) will want this one too.'
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