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Oliver Knussen   (Born 1952)

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Oliver Knussen is one of the most respected figures in British contemporary music and has probably contributed more to the vitality of the British contemporary music scene (as composer, conductor and eminence grise) than any other figure. He has a wide and varied output, from chamber music works to three symphonies and two operas, Where the Wild Things Are and Higglety Pigglety Pop! – the result of a collaboration with the children’s author Maurice Sendak. In addition there are two recent concertos (for horn and violin) which have been taken up by soloists and orchestras worldwide. His conducting career began at the age of 16 with the LSO when he conducted his First Symphony. He is now in international demand as an illuminating interpretation of twentieth century music, and he appears regularly with the major orchestras of the world. He was made a CBE in 1994 and is Conductor Laureate of the London Sinfonietta.

Live Dates

02/02/2011   Two Danish nominees for BBC Awards
Two Dacapo recordings with music by Rued Langgaard and Poul Ruders respectively have been nominated for the perstiguous BBC Music Magazine Awards 2011. You can vote too!
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17/06/2010   American Record Guide

Poul Ruders: Four Dances
"I have been listening to this constantly for over a month...The playing is spectacular"
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01/04/2010   BBC Music Magazine

Poul Ruders: Four Dances
5 Stars

CHAMBER CHOICE MAY 2010 “Performances are as accurate and committed as you would expect from the BCMG and Knussen, with recorded sound that gives the textures clarity and depth”
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01/04/2010   www.allmusic.com

Poul Ruders: Four Dances
"Fans of Ruders or challenging contemporary music in general, are encouraged to snap this one up."
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01/04/2010   Ballet Review

Poul Ruders: Kafka's Trial and Four Dances
"Knussen and his Birminghamforces give their all throughout."
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09/03/2010   The Guardian

Poul Ruders: Four Dances
"This is a bracing, sensuous ear-opener."
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25/02/2010   Klassik.com

Poul Ruders: Four Dances
4 Stars

"Die exzellent und sehr direkt aufgenommene Einspielung kann mit drei farbigen und stimmungsvollen Werken für Kammerensemble aufwarten"
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01/02/2010   Magasinet Klassisk

Poul Ruders: Four Dances
5/5 Stars

"Hele udgivelsen er båret af høj kvalitet: fra musikere, dirigent, lydteknikere og helt frem til de fine værknoter."
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Photo: Betty Freeman

Discography

Four Dances
Four Dances
Poul Ruders

CD 8.226028 (2009)

Orchestral magician Poul Ruders is just as unique when he writes for chamber ensemble

Gilgamesh; Voyage Into the Golden Screen
Gilgamesh; Voyage Into the Golden Screen
Per Nørgård

DCCD 9001 (1992)


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