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Oliver Knussen

Oliver Knussen CBE (born 12 June 1952) is a British composer and conductor. Knussen was born in Glasgow, Scotland. His father, Stuart Knussen, was principal double bass of the London Symphony Orchestra, and also participated in a number of premieres of Benjamin Britten's music. Oliver Knussen studied composition with John Lambert between 1963 and 1969, and also received encouragement from Britten. Though Oliver Knussen began composing at about the age of six, it was an ITV programme about his father's work with the London Symphony Orchestra that prompted the commissioning for his first symphony (1966–1967). Aged 15, Knussen stepped in to conduct his symphony's premičre at the Royal Festival Hall, London, on 7 April 1968, after István Kertész fell ill. After his debut, Daniel Barenboim asked him to conduct the work's first two movements in New York a week later. In this work and his Concerto for Orchestra (1968–1970), he had quickly and fluently absorbed the influences of modernist composers Britten and Berg as well as many mid-century (largely American) symphonists, whilst displaying an unusual flair for pacing and orchestration. It was as early as the Second Symphony (1970–1971), in the words of Julian Anderson, that "Knussen's compositional personality abruptly appeared, fully formed".

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Recent Knussen releases

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra: Horizon 8 - Macmillan, Knussen, Ali-Zadeh
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra: Horizon 8 - Macmillan, Knussen, Ali-Zadeh

£13.25

(RCO Live)

A Tribute to Janet
A Tribute to Janet

£13.25

(Harmonia Mundi)

Britannia: Music by 20th- & 21st-century British composers
Britannia: Music by 20th- & 21st-century British composers

£13.25

(Cybele)

Knussen - Where the Wild Things Are
Knussen - Where the Wild Things Are

£8.74

(Unicorn Kanchana)