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"Our dauntless man with a baton..." NORMAN LEBRECHT

Douglas Knehans – Unfinished Earth & Tempest

 

 

Best Contemporary Classical Album 2018

 

The Brno Philharmonic give a storming account, relishing Knehans’s virtuoso writing, particularly the horns (the composer’s son being an apprentice horn player). However, Mikel Toms secures some sensitive accompaniment in the concerto. Good sound, too.

GRAMOPHONE MAGAZINE

…the sounds of nature course through the orchestral pieces…with a primitive force and melodic insistence that recall Stravinsky.
THE NEW YORKER

…wonderfully orchestrated… dynamic and endlessly evolving…
BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE

… an exciting and truly spectacular recording…Unlike many of his colleagues, Knehans does not write music coming close to film music. His tone poems always are an expression of dramatic sensations or of poetic sensitivity. In the Brno Philharmonic’s performances the brilliantly orchestrated works leave a durable impression.
PIZZICATO

Gareth Davies. principal flute of the London Symphony, rises to every challenge with exhilarating aplomb…
BEYOND CRITICISM

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