Oliver Knussen (1952-)

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01Sound Frontiers: Early Notoriety20160926

As part of Radio 3 live at Southbank Centre, London, Donald Macleod presents special editions of the long-running series that began life just three years before the launch of the 'Third Programme' in 1946. Donald invites celebrated British composer Oliver Knussen to join him live at the Radio 3 pop-up studio to discuss a life and career that spans nearly all of Radio 3's seven decades.

In their first programme, they look at Knussen's early steps toward the composer he would become, encouraged by the likes of Benjamin Britten and Leonard Bernstein.

Hums and Songs of Winnie-the-Pooh Op.6

Lisa Saffer, soprano

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Oliver Knussen, conductor

Frammenti da "Chiara" Op.19

BBC Singers

Simon Joly, conductor

Symphony No.2 Op.7

Elaine Barry, soprano

London Sinfonietta

02Sound Frontiers: About Ophelia20160927

As part of Radio 3 live at Southbank Centre, London, Donald Macleod presents special editions of the long-running series that began life just three years before the launch of the 'Third Programme' in 1946. Donald invites celebrated British composer Oliver Knussen to join him live at the Radio 3 pop-up studio to discuss a life and career that spans nearly all of Radio 3's seven decades.

Today, Donald and Olly discuss a literary character whose influence persists through his Third Symphony and several subsequent works.

Symphony No.3 Op.18

Philharmonia Orchestra

Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor

Trumpets Op.12 (1975)

Linda Hirst, soprano

Michael Collins, clarinet

Edward Pillinger, clarinet

Ian Mitchell, clarinet

Ophelia Dances Op.13

London Sinfonietta

Oliver Knussen, conductor

Ophelia's Last Dance Op.32

Kirill Gerstein, piano.

03Sound Frontiers: Working With Maurice Sendak20160928

As part of Radio 3 live at Southbank Centre, London, Donald Macleod presents special editions of the long-running series that began life just three years before the launch of the 'Third Programme' in 1946. Donald invites celebrated British composer Oliver Knussen to join him live at the Radio 3 pop-up studio to discuss a life and career that spans nearly all of Radio 3's seven decades.

Today, they focus on Oliver Knussen's long-time friendship with Maurice Sendak, author and illustrator of the famous children's book, Where the Wild Things Are.

Songs and a Sea Interlude, Op 20a

Claire Booth, soprano

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Ryan Wigglesworth, conductor

Higglety Pigglety Pop! Op 21: First interlude and scenes 4-5

Cynthia Buchan, mezzo soprano (Jennie)

Lisa Saffer, soprano (Baby)

Rosemary Hardy, soprano (Rhoda / Baby's Mother)

Christopher Gillet, tenor (Cat)

London Sinfonietta

Oliver Knussen, conductor

Where the Wild Things Are, Op 20: Scene 6 "The Wild Rumpus"

Lisa Saffer, soprano (Max)

04Sound Frontiers: Music About Music20160929

As part of Radio 3 live at Southbank Centre, London, Donald Macleod presents special editions of the long-running series that began life just three years before the launch of the 'Third Programme' in 1946. Donald invites celebrated British composer Oliver Knussen to join him live at the Radio 3 pop-up studio to discuss a life and career that spans nearly all of Radio 3's seven decades.

Knussen has said about his music "I don't set out to express myself". Today, Donald asks him what it is that drives him to compose, and about the kinds of ideas that inspire him.

Flourish with Fireworks, Op 22

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Sir Simon Rattle, conductor

Music for a Puppet Court, Op.11

London Sinfonietta

Oliver Knussen, conductor

Two Organa, Op 27

Horn Concerto, Op 28

Barry Tuckwell, horn

05Sound Frontiers: Commemorations20160930

As part of Radio 3 live at Southbank Centre, London, Donald Macleod presents special editions of the long-running series that began life just three years before the launch of the 'Third Programme' in 1946. Donald invites celebrated British composer Oliver Knussen to join him live at the Radio 3 pop-up studio to discuss a life and career that spans nearly all of Radio 3's seven decades.

In their final conversation, we hear about some of Knussen's many musical memorials, plus a lullaby composed for his sleepless, four-month-old daughter.

Sonya's Lullaby, Op 16

Peter Serkin, piano

Violin Concerto, Op 30

Leila Josefowicz, violin

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Oliver Knussen, conductor

Secret Psalm

Alexandra Wood, violin

Requiem - Songs for Sue, Op 33

Claire Booth, soprano

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group