Simon Rattle’s passion for the music of Oliver Knussen dates from the earliest days of his career. Knussen has curated this concert himself: a very personal salute to Rattle as he arrives in London.
Knussen’s exquisite craftsmanship makes every premiere a major occasion, and this concert features the first London performance of his latest work O Hotogisu!- fragment of a Japonisme – a ravishing miniature masterpiece, inspired by the song of the Japanese cuckoo.
It’ll throw luminous reflections on the music with which Knussen has surrounded it: witty, jewel-like chamber works by Stravinsky, Harrison Birtwistle’s 1977 classic Silbury Air and the delightful Polly Roe by Patrick Brennan, one of the countless young composers discovered and encouraged by Knussen. With Knussen conducting Birmingham Contemporary Music Group – which Rattle himself founded in 1987 – this should be a fascinating homage to a unique musical friendship.
Programme curated by the composer.
Patrick Brennan Polly Roe
Stravinsky Two Poems of Balmont; Three Japanese Lyrics
Sir Harrison Birtwistle Silbury Air
Oliver Knussen O Hototogisu! (London premiere)
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
Oliver Knussen conductor
£10–25 plus booking fee*
*£3 booking fee per online transaction, £4 by phone. No fee when tickets are booked in person.