Oliver Knussen makes a late protest against mass culture

From the Lebrecht Album of the Week:

Contemporary composers are not, on the whole, the most considerate members of the human species. Their time is spent writing music, promoting it, and making a living at some more profitable form of musical activity, like banking a university salary. Whatever time they have left is treated as me-time, understandably so.

All the more reason, then, to remember Oliver Knussen, who died earlier this year, for his vast generosity in conducting works by other composers — time that he might otherwise have spent finishing his own works. Ollie was a perceptive interpreter and naturally communicative conductor. He brings to life here

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  • I agree. And both Mahler and Richard Strauss also had the same problem. Schumann would have had the same problem too if he had been a better conductor.

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