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Mark-Anthony Turnage: Speranza; From the Wreckage / Håkan Hardenberger, trumpet. London SO, Harding

Album Summary

>Turnage, Mark-Anthony : Concerto for Trumpet "From the Wreckage"
>Turnage, Mark-Anthony : Speranza, for orchestra
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

LSO Live presents the world première recording of Mark-Anthony Turnage's Speranza (Hope), conducted by Daniel Harding in his début recording for the label. Speranza is a monument to the power of optimism in a bleak world. Turnage explains, "I started working on the piece while thinking about the absence of hope. I wanted to lift people up." It is coupled here with From the Wreckage, described by The Times as, "outstanding: the music begins hellishly but gradually picks up a bluesy swing... " Premièred in 2005, the original soloist, Håkan Hardenberger reprises the role. Turnage is one of the most admired composers of his generation, and has long been associated with the London Symphony Orchestra.

The Times
The conductor Daniel Harding delivered a passionate performance of this eloquent, largely optimistic work.

Classical Source
Make no mistake - Speranza is a serious statement by a composer with the substance and technique to bring it off.

The Guardian
It's one of the best of Turnage's recent scores. Harding did superb things with its tensions and textures.

It's a piece with an exquisitely careful structure, and Harding's shaping of it was ideal.

American Record Guide, March/April 2014
Mark-Anthony Turnage's somnolent From the Wreckage (2005) is a 15-minute Trumpet Concerto in a single movement, divided into three sections, each played by a different trumpet type (flugelhorn, standard trumpet, piccolo trumpet). The "wreckage" appears to be personal in nature. Speranza (2012) (Hope) is a four-movement symphony with political implications. This is a serious release, well played and richly recorded.

The Independent on Sunday, 24th November 2013
Turnage's orchestration is what colours this landscape. In Dochas he uses the oboe-like duduk, while the sombre, one-movement concerto moves to the light via the flugelhorn, trumpet and piccolo trumpet, insistent percussion representing both the heartbeat and the nervous jump.

International Record Review, December 2013
The sound is arguably the finest to have come from LSO Live in recent years, having a lustre and depth that highlight both Turnage's orchestration and the LSO's realisation of it to the best advantage... Readers are urged to acquire this disc and assess the qualities of Speranza for themselves.

Gramophone Magazine, January 2014
There is much to be said for hearing Hardenberger himself on commanding form.

MusicWeb International, 29th January 2014
From the Wreckage walks a tightrope of atonal angst and quirky jazz-like sounds. Håkan Hardenberger is magisterial...At some moments [in Speranza], you may feel as though you've been battered black and blue by Daniel Harding's conducting baton, frantically poked and prodded by the sharp-edged string section of the LSO, and partaken in delightful revelry with the xylophonist.

James Longstaffe, Presto Classical, 23rd December 2013
There are some wonderfully haunting passages, and a quirky, rhythmic third movement that for me is the highlight of the work [Speranza]...the ease with which [Hardenberger] switches from a beautifully creamy flugelhorn tone to sweet-toned piccolo trumpet is just astonishing - a magnificent performance.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Barbican, London (2013).


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Works Details

>Turnage, Mark-Anthony : Concerto for Trumpet "From the Wreckage"
  • Performer: Håkan Hardenberger (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: Daniel Harding
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 15 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2004-2005
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Turnage, Mark-Anthony : Speranza, for orchestra
  • Performer: Håkan Hardenberger (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: Daniel Harding
  • Running Time: 39 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2012
  • Studio/Live: Live