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Knussen, Oliver
Violin Concerto, Op. 30Composer: Knussen, Oliver
Performance date: May 06, 2004

Date composed: 2002

This concerto was composed just a few years ago for Pinchas Zukerman by one England’s leading composers. It is a most unusual sort of concerto for several reasons, not least of which is the way it seems to have no beginning and no ending but consist s rather of an arrangement of fragments. Adès says of it that “at times the violinist resembles a tightrope walker progressing along a (decidedly unstable) high wire strung across the span that separates the opening and closing sounds of the piece.”  
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