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Mark-Anthony Turnage: Orchestral Works, Vol. 3 / Christian Tetzlaff, violin; Jurowski; Alsop

Audio Samples

>Turnage, Mark-Anthony : On Opened Ground, concerto for viola & orchestra
>Turnage, Mark-Anthony : Texan Tenebrae, for orchestra
>Turnage, Mark-Anthony : Lullaby for Hans, for string orchestra
>Turnage, Mark-Anthony : Riffs and Refrains, concerto for clarinet & orchestra
>Turnage, Mark-Anthony : Mambo, Blues and Tarantella, concerto for violin & orchestra

Album Summary

>Turnage, Mark-Anthony : On Opened Ground, concerto for viola & orchestra
>Turnage, Mark-Anthony : Texan Tenebrae, for orchestra
>Turnage, Mark-Anthony : Lullaby for Hans, for string orchestra
>Turnage, Mark-Anthony : Riffs and Refrains, concerto for clarinet & orchestra
>Turnage, Mark-Anthony : Mambo, Blues and Tarantella, concerto for violin & orchestra
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This final volume contains the recording of the world première of Mambo, Blues and Tarantella with soloist Christian Tetzlaff, as well as the first released recordings of On Opened Ground and Texan. "After three years working with Turnage, their composer in residence, the LPO speak his language brilliantly." The Times

American Record Guide, March / April 2013
On Opened Ground (2000-01) is a viola concerto originally written for Yuri Bashmet for performance with the Cleveland Orchestra. It is set up as a variant of the "introduction, scherzo, and finale" structure; and the finale is a deeply expressive slow movement. Atmosphere is serious and pervaded by a searing emotional intensity. Mr Power is a superb violist. Texan Tenebrae (2009) takes as its starting point Turnage's opera Anna Nicole, about the tragedy of the late celebrity Anna Nicole Smith. Lullaby for Hans (2006), a six-minute piece for string orchestra, is an 80th birthday present for Turnage's mentor, Hans Warner Henze. This would make a fine memorial piece. Riffs and Refrains (2002-3) is a 17-minute clarinet concerto written for former Royal College of Music classmate Michael Collins. The piece is effective on its own terms. Mr Collins is, as usual, outstanding. The program closes with Mambo, Blues, and Tarantella (2007), a three-movement 18- minute violin concerto written for Christian Tetzlaff. The action is energetic and abstract, with breathless angularity and bow-hair flying pyrotechnics. The Blues movement is lyrical and properly sultry. Mr Tetzlaff is brilliant. These are all first recordings. Performances are of the highest quality, and often startling. Concise, well-written notes by Anthony Burton.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Snape Maltings (04/01/2007); Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall (04/01/2007); Snape Maltings (2011-10-19&2010-04-17&2008-); Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall (2011-10-19&2010-04-17&2008-).



Reviews

Great Performances
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 taken 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.
Submitted on 01/04/13 by RGraves321 
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Works Details

>Turnage, Mark-Anthony : On Opened Ground, concerto for viola & orchestra
  • Performer: Lawrence Power (Viola)
  • Conductor: Markus Stenz
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 23 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto

>Turnage, Mark-Anthony : Texan Tenebrae, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Marin Alsop
  • Running Time: 7 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Turnage, Mark-Anthony : Lullaby for Hans, for string orchestra
  • Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski
  • Running Time: 5 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Turnage, Mark-Anthony : Riffs and Refrains, concerto for clarinet & orchestra
  • Performer: Michael Collins (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Marin Alsop
  • Running Time: 16 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto

>Turnage, Mark-Anthony : Mambo, Blues and Tarantella, concerto for violin & orchestra
  • Performer: Christian Tetzlaff (Violin)
  • Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski
  • Running Time: 18 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto