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Snapshots: Fiftieth birthday tributes for Oliver KnussenSnapshots

13 musical tributes to Oliver Knussen on his 50th birthday in 2001, from composers including Elliott Carter, Louis Andriessen and Magnus Lindberg.


‘… a sparkling collection of miniatures in an immense variety of styles … the players have clearly lavished great care on the pieces, with not a smudged note or hesitant entry in sight’  BBC Music Magazine

‘All of them are dazzingly well played by the Sinfonietta and pianists Nicolas Hodges and Rolf Hind, and with a roster of composers headed by Elliott Carter but also including Detlev Glanert, George Benjamin, Julian Anderson, almost every one of these 13 pieces is a gem.’ The Guardian


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1 Louis Andriessen: Very Sharp Trumpet Sonata

Bruce Nockles trumpet

2 Charles Wuorinen: Fifty Fifty

Rolf Hind piano | Nicolas Hodges piano

3 Alexander Goehr: only two notes for olly (the other five for later)

London Sinfonietta / George Benjamin

4 Detlev Glanert: Dancing Landscape

Rolf Hind piano | Nicolas Hodges piano

5 Elliott Carter: Au Quai

Paul Silverthorne viola | John Orford bassoon

6 Hans Werner Henze: Olly on the Shore

Rolf Hind piano

7 Augusta Read Thomas: Light the First Light of Evening

London Sinfonietta / George Benjamin


Cat# SINF CD1-2004

8 Robert Zuidam: I suppose a fugue is out of the question

Rolf Hind piano

9 Colin Matthews: Flourish, with fireflies

London Sinfonietta / George Benjamin

10 Julian Anderson: Quasi una passacaglia

Nicolas Hodges piano

11 Mark-Anthony Turnage: Snapshots

London Sinfonietta / George Benjamin

12 George Benjamin: Olicantus

London Sinfonietta / George Benjamin

13 Magnus Lindberg: Bubo bubo

London Sinfonietta / George Benjamin


All pieces were recorded live by BBC Radio on 12 June 2002 at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank, London. Ensemble works first broadcast on Performance on 3, BBC Radio 3, on 18 July 2002; piano works first broadcast on Hear and Now, BBC Radio 3, on 26 October 2002. Producer: Philip Tagney.

Editing and mastering: Ian Dearden for Sound Intermedia.

Very Sharp Trumpet Sonata and  Bubo bubo are published by Boosey & Hawkes Publishers Ltd. only two notes for olly (the other five for later) and Snapshots are published by Schott & Co. Flourish, with fireflies and Olicantus are published by Faber Music Ltd. Au Quai is published by Hendon Music Inc. Fifty Fifty is published by Peters Edition. Olly on the Shore is published by Chester Music Ltd. Light the First Light of Evening is published by G Schirmer Ltd.  Dancing Landscape is published by Bote & Bote Musok und Buhnenverlag GmbH & Co.