US premiere of Knussen SymphonyOliver Knussen's 'Symphony in One Movement' will be premiered by the Philadelphia Orchestra. in November.
The Symphony is a reworking of the early Concerto for Orchestra, written in 1969 when the composer was only 17. Unperformed since its 1969 premiere in Florida, Knussen substantially revised the work for his 50th Birthday Portrait Concert, given by the BBC Symphony Orchestra last November. It provides a fascinating glimpse back to the origins of Knussen's mature style – though it is not without surprises, including some jazzy piano solos (played at the premiere by Andre Previn).
Following the 2002 unveiling Paul Driver wrote in The Sunday Times: '... (it) has a sheer aural delectability that made one long for an immediate repeat performance.'
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