I was lucky enough to work with 'Olly' once. It was one of those gigs that will happen for a young New York freelancer, where they don't quite understand the gravity and accomplishment of the people around them. I was that young freelancer when I met Oliver Knussen. He conducted his own music, as well as Messiaen's "Oiseaux Exotiques", with Peter Serkin at the piano, in a then freshly minted Zankel Hall. I remember the concert well, and I remember the rehearsals even better. But my favorite part of the whole experience was the lunch breaks. He always laughing.
Oliver Knussen: Sonya’s Lullaby (1978) 6’
Oliver Knussen: Hums and Songs of Winnie The Pooh (1970/83) 13’
Elliott Carter: Triple Duo (1983) 20’
Oliver Knussen: Secret Psalm (1990) 5’
Toru Takemitsu: Rain Tree Sketch II (1982) 3’
Oliver Knussen: Songs Without Voices (1991-92) 11’