© Benjamin Ealovega
Knussen Chamber Orchestra
Ryan Wigglesworth (piano, conductor)
Monday 9 September, 1pm
Proms at ... Cadogan Hall 8
Cadogan Hall, London
Oliver Knussen (1952-2018): ... upon one note - Fantasia after Purcell
Sir Harrison Birtwistle (b.1934): Fantasia upon all the notes
Freya Waley-Cohen (b.1989): Naiad
Knussen: Study for 'Metamorphosis'
Hans Abrahamsen (b.1983): Herbstlied
Alastair Putt (b.1983): Halazuni
Knussen: Songs without Voices
'A Copland-esque woodwind duet emerges, over glassy violin harmonics ... bringing this highly atmospheric piece to a quiet, contemplative conclusion'.
'Davies performed here with understated engagement, concluding with impressive control on the final sustained high notes'.
'The repeating arabesque decoration is highly effective, as are the cascading, overlapping lines and the strangely keening horn and bassoon over flute flutters'.
'An impressive Proms debut from the Knussen Chamber Orchestra in a challenging range of contemporary chamber music, and a fitting tribute to Knussen himself'.
Read my full review on Bachtrack here.