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Turnage: Orchestral Works Volume 3 (Christian Tetzlaff/ Lawrence Power/ London Philharmonic Orchestra/ Vladimir Jurowski/ Marin Alsop/ Markus Stenz) (LPO: LPO-0066)

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  • Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski, Marin Alsop, Markus Stenz
  • Composer: Mark-Anthony Turnage
  • Audio CD (1 Oct. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: lpo
  • ASIN: B00925T98I
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Digital Booklet: Turnage: Mambo, Blues and Tarantella - Riffs and Refrains - Texan Tenebrae - On Opened Ground
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British composer Mark-Anthony Turnage is widely admired for his distinctive blending of jazz and contemporary classical traditions, high energy and elegiac lyricism. His music is colourful, rhythmic and always distinctive, with an innate dramatic sense. Powerful in its contrasts, his music and texts hold up a mirror to the realities of modern life and make a broad appeal to an enquiring contemporary audience. Turnage was the London Philharmonic Orchestras Composer in Residence from 200510, during which time the Orchestra released two highly acclaimed CDs of his orchestral music. This is the third and final volume of Turnages music to be released on the LPO Label. It features five works recorded for the first time, including the world première peformance of his violin concerto Mambo, Blues and Tarantella with soloist Christian Tetzlaff. The CD also features performances by soloists Lawrence Power (viola) and Michael Collins (clarinet).


With Collins in top form, as adept at sudden entries as wonderfully sustained passages, the different sections of this fine orchestra savoured the chance to showcase their skills, the strings as silky as the woodwind were ethereal and the brass, well, brassy.

--Anthony Holden, The Observer, 17 February 2008 on the première performance of Riffs and Refrains

This is the third disc the London Philharmonic's own label has devoted to Mark-Anthony Turnage, who was the orchestra's composer-in-residence from 2005 to 2010. All but one of these five performances from the Royal Festival Hall was a premiere of one kind or another, though only the violin concerto, Mambo, Blues and Tarantella, written for the fabulous Christian Tetzlaff, was a direct product of Turnage's tenure. The whole disc provides an impressive demonstration of Turnage's fluency and orchestral imagination, especially in the works with soloists here. On Opened Ground is a dark-hued, often anguished viola concerto, played with real intensity by Laurence Power, while Riffs and Refrains expertly puts solo clarinettist Michael Collins through his extrovert paces. There are also two short orchestral works: Texan Tenebrae is the interlude that provides the emotional pivot in Turnage's 2011 opera Anna Nicole, while Lullaby for Hans was an 80th-birthday tribute to his one-time mentor, Henze. **** --Guardian,, 01/11/12

All in all, as fine a selection of Turnage's recent music as could be wished. --Gramophone,Feb'13

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Another great collection of Turnage's music, which deserves more live performances, but since most of us won't get that chance to hear them, it's good that these premieres were recorded for us to enjoy at home. Marvellous soloists and a sympathetic LPO mean a chance for repeated listening and therefore deeper appreciation of these fine works. Highly recommended and at a reasonable price.
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Mark-Anthony Turnage was the London Philharmonic Orchestra's composer in residence for five years, and this is the third volume of his works written for the ensemble. The recordings are all take n from live performances, which gives them an added sense of freshness and energy.

"On Opened Ground" is kind of a disjointed jazz-flavored concerto for viola. The music moves in fits and starts with the viola (Lawrence Power, soloist) popping in and out in surprising ways, while still providing most of the melodic content. Sometimes it seems like the soloist and orchestra are playing two different pieces, then there's a sudden shift, and it turns out all to be part of Turnage's plan.

By contrast, "Texan Tenebrae" is an emotionally wrought little gem. It grew from Turnage's opera "Anna Nicole," and is a work contemplating the death of the Texas Playmate-turned-trophy wife. Turnage effectively uses dissonance to both ratchet up the emotion and suggest that, despite the placid nature of the music, all is not right

Turnage composed the "Lullaby for Hans" for his mentor Hans Werner Henze. This string orchestra work pays fitting homage to Henze's style. The ensemble drifts about in thick chordal clouds of sound, sounding ethereal, and -- despite the dissonances -- strangely restful

The clarinet concerto "Riffs and Refrains" would make a great companion piece to Bernstein's "Prelude, Fugue and Riffs." Both works take the sound of the jazz clarinet, and jazz motifs and recast them as building blocks from contemporary classical works. In Turnage's case, the piece is prone to sudden bursts of energy, followed by slow sections that seem to be holding the motion of the music back (but only for a little while). Michael Collins effortlessly switches back and forth from classical to jazz playing, making this an effective work that brings together both worlds.

Christian Tetzlaff fearlessly performs the violin concerto "Mambo, Blues and Tarantelly." The opening section sounds like an angular version of the mambo from West Side Story, and the other parts equally traditional and aggressively modern.That's not to say it's not original music -- it is. Tetzlaff is completely invested in this complex music and turns in a highly focused performance.

If you're already purchased the first two volumes in this series, then you need only know the quality hasn't wavered. If you're looking for an introduction to Turnage, this disc can provide a nice overview of his orchestral writing.
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