, the first CD of music by Mark-Anthony Turnage on the Chandos label, features the premiere recordings of four of the composer's most recent orchestral works. "Another Set To" gets the disc off to an exhilarating start. Described by Turnage himself in the informative sleeve notes as "quite argumentative
optimistic and extrovert", "Another Set To" features trombone soloist Christian Lindberg whose growling yet extraordinarily agile playing goads and taunts the orchestra from start to finish.
"Silent Cities", inspired by a visit to the graveyards on the Somme and named after Kipling's description of that same place, is a far more sombre affair. In complete contrast, "Four-Horned Fandango" which follows on is a riotous tour de force for four horns and orchestra. Despite its title, it's not an overtly Spanish piece; rather it contains more subtle references such as the occasional castanet flutter and percussive strings.
The disc is rounded off with "Fractured Lines", Turnage's double percussion concerto which features Evelyn Glennie and Peter Erskine; two better soloists would be impossible to find. Based on a tune written by Erskine himself, the concerto is an energetic, nay unstoppable work. --Rebecca Agnew
BBC Symphony Orchestra - Leonard Slatkin, direction