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Turnage: Your Rockaby, Night Dances / Knussen, Davis, Harding


Release Date: 05/25/1999 
Label:  Argo   Catalog #: 452598   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Mark-Anthony Turnage
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 56 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Argo has made a long-term commitment to Mark-Anthony Turnage, and the first fruit of their collaboration combines two of his works from the last couple of years with the piece that first brought him to prominence 15 years ago. Night Dances won the Guinness Prize for Composition when Turnage was only 21, yet the music is already identifiably his – a suite for four soloists and chamber orchestra coloured with the rhythmic and harmonic inflections of jazz and funk, which has the immediacy and pungency that have remained part of his music ever since. Yet the world of Your Rockaby, a saxophone concerto in all but name from 1994, which takes its title from a Beckett monologue, is incomparably richer and more intense. Beckett’s text provides the Read more source for the haunting song-without-words of the final section, and that catharsis is reached after a vertiginous journey through dark-hued textures, and a series of explosive climaxes in which the solo saxophone, often bereft and isolated, seems to be the only element of consolation. Turnage is good at musical catharsis; the final section of Dispelling the Fears, first performed a year ago, is a wonderfully moving meditation for one of the work’s two solo trumpets, which seems to quieten all the fury and anxiety that has preceded it. This is as accomplished and moving an orchestral piece as anything written by a British composer this decade.

Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- Andrew Clements, BBC Music Magazine Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Your rockaby by Mark-Anthony Turnage
Performer:  Martin Robertson (Saxophone)
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1992-1993; England 
Date of Recording: 1995 
Venue:  Abbey Road, Walthams 
2.
Night Dances by Mark-Anthony Turnage
Performer:  John Constable (Celesta), Gareth Hulse (Oboe), Helen Tunstall (Harp),
John Wallace (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Oliver Knussen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1980-1981; England 
Date of Recording: 1996 
Venue:  Abbey Road, Walthams 
3.
Dispelling the Fears by Mark-Anthony Turnage
Performer:  Håkan Hardenberger (Trumpet), John Wallace (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Daniel Harding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1994-1995; England 
Date of Recording: 1996 
Venue:  Abbey Road, Walthams 

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