Mark-Anthony Turnage

Biography

Born: June 10, 1960; Grays, Essex  
Best described as eclectic, Turnage's highly energetic style is infused with influences from jazz, rock, and European modernism. His output includes symphonic, chamber, and operatic works, all of which demonstrate a keen sense of drama, and an ability to clarify the most complex of textures. He is best known for his opera, Greek, which has received frequent productions, including one televised by the BBC.

Born in Essex in 1960, Turnage
Read more studied at the Royal College of Music -- most notably with Oliver Knussen -- and then at Tanglewood with Gunther Schuller and Hans Werner Henze. Henze's influence led to an opera commission for the 1988 Munich Biennale. The result of that commission, Greek -- based on Steven Berkoff's incendiary play of the same title -- was an unqualified success, and it established Turnage on the international scene. In October 1989, Turnage began a lasting relationship with the City of Birmingham Symphony and its conductor, Simon Rattle, with the premiere of his Three Screaming Popes. After a four-year term as Composer in Association with Birmingham, Turnage took on a similar role at the English National Opera, where he also became Artistic Consultant to their Contemporary Opera Studio. 1996 saw the London premiere of his jazz-inspired Blood on the Floor by Ensemble Modern, and in 1997 his works, Twice Through the Heart and The Country of the Blind, opened the 50th Anniversary Aldeburgh Festival. Read less
Turnage: Works / Glennie, Erskine, Lindberg, Slatkin, Bbc
Release Date: 11/26/2002   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10018   Number of Discs: 1
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    Contemporary British Opera Classics  [4-dvd Set]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1189 Release Date: 06/30/2015   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Mark-Anthony Turnage,  George Benjamin,  Harrison Birtwistle
    Performer:  Andrew Rees,  Grant Doyle,  Wynne Evans,  Allison Cook  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonio Pappano,  George Benjamin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
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    Mark-anthony Turnage: Undance; Crying Out Loud; No Let Up
    Label: Nmc   Catalog: 194 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mark-Anthony Turnage
    Conductor:  Paul Hoskins,  Tim Murray
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rambert Orchestra,  Undance Band
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    Turnage: Speranza, From the Wreckage / Harding
    Label: Lso Live   Catalog: 744 Release Date: 11/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mark-Anthony Turnage
    Performer:  Hĺkan Hardenberger
    Conductor:  Daniel Harding
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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    In 27 Pieces - The Hilary Hahn Encores
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001910302 Release Date: 11/11/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franghiz Ali-Zadeh,  Somei Satoh,  Du Yun,  David Lang  ... 
    Performer:  Hilary Hahn,  Cory Smythe
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    Label: Delphian   Catalog: 34121 Release Date: 08/13/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Jackson,  Graham Fitkin,  Mark-Anthony Turnage,  Nikki Iles  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  McKenzie Sawers Duo
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    Turnage: Orchestral Works / London Philharmonic Orchestra
    Label: Lpo   Catalog: 66 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mark-Anthony Turnage
    Performer:  Christian Tetzlaff,  Lawrence Power,  Michael Collins
    Conductor:  Vladimir Jurowski,  Markus Stenz,  Marin Alsop
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Prism / Simpson, Buckle
    Label: Nmc   Catalog: 139 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gary Carpenter,  Kenneth Hesketh,  Gavin Higgins,  Emily Howard  ... 
    Performer:  Ian Buckle,  Mark Simpson
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    Turnage: Anna Nicole / Westbroek, Finley, Pappano
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1054 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mark-Anthony Turnage
    Performer:  Peter Hoare,  Loré Lixenberg,  Susan Bickley,  Gerald Finley  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
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    Turnage: Anna Nicole / Westbroek, Finley, Pappano [Blu-ray]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 7088 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mark-Anthony Turnage
    Performer:  Andrew Rees,  Grant Doyle,  Wynne Evans,  Allison Cook  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
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    British Composers: A Celebration
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 95480 Release Date: 05/03/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten,  Charles Hubert Parry,  Gustav Holst,  Ralph Vaughan Williams  ... 
    Performer:  Ian Hare,  Sir Andrew Davis,  Bruce Russell,  Robert Tear  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks,  Sir Adrian Boult,  Sir Andrew Davis,  Christopher Bishop  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Choir  ... 
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    Milo / Guy Johnston, Kathryn Stott
    Label: Orchid Classics   Catalog: 100010 Release Date: 06/29/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten,  Mark-Anthony Turnage,  Frank Bridge
    Performer:  Kathryn Stott,  Guy Johnston
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    Opera In English - Great Operatic Arias / Gerald Finley
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 3167 Release Date: 02/23/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Carl Maria von Weber,  John Adams,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Gerald Finley,  Lucy Crowe,  Anne-Marie Gibbons,  Matthew Long
    Conductor:  Edward Gardner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Geoffrey Mitchell Choir
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    Peer Gynt - Ballet By Heinz Spoerli
    Label: Bel Air Classiques   Catalog: 50 Release Date: 10/27/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mark-Anthony Turnage,  Edvard Grieg,  Brett Dean
    Conductor:  Eivind Gullberg Jensen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Opera Chorus,  Zurich Opera Orchestra
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    Simon Rattle - British Music
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 97588 Release Date: 10/20/2009   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Mark-Anthony Turnage,  Nicholas Maw,  Thomas Adčs,  Percy Aldridge Grainger  ... 
    Performer:  Julian Bream,  Thomas Allen,  Robert Tear,  Thomas Hampson  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra,  Birmingham Contemporary Music Group,  City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus  ... 
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    100 Best 20th Century Classics
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 64249 Release Date: 07/28/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  György Ligeti,  John Adams,  George Gershwin,  Aaron Copland  ... 
    Performer:  Wayne Marshall,  Ralph Kirshbaum,  Tasmin Little,  Simon Haram  ... 
    Conductor:  None,  Simon Rattle,  Leonard Slatkin,  Christopher Warren-Green  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Artemis String Quartet,  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra,  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    20th-Century Masterpieces - 100 Years of Classical Music
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 17500 Release Date: 11/24/2008   Number of Discs: 16
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Claude Debussy,  Frederick Delius,  Gustav Mahler  ... 
    Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes,  Christa Ludwig,  Martha Argerich,  Sarah Chang  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonio Pappano,  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Otto Klemperer  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos Ensemble London
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    Turnage: Greek / Bernas, Kimm, Suart, Hayes, Greek Ensemble
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 440368 Release Date: 09/02/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mark-Anthony Turnage
    Performer:  Quentin Hayes,  Fiona Kimm,  Richard Suart,  Helen Charnock
    Conductor:  Richard Bernas
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Greek Ensemble
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    A Gift - Contemporary Music From Japan, Cuba And The Uk / Gerard Cousins
    Label: Galles Music   Catalog: 5637308198 Release Date: 08/12/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Takashi Yoshimatsu,  Gerard Cousins,  Leo Brouwer,  Robert Jacob  ... 
    Performer:  Gerard Cousins
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    Turnage: Twice Through The Heart, Etc / Alsop, Finley, Et Al
    Label: Lpo   Catalog: 31 Release Date: 02/26/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mark-Anthony Turnage
    Performer:  Sarah Connolly,  Martin Robertson,  Gerald Finley
    Conductor:  Marin Alsop
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Prelude, Fnugg And Riffs / Baadsvik, Lindberg
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1625 Release Date: 01/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein,  Oystein Baadsvik,  Boris Diev,  Mark-Anthony Turnage  ... 
    Performer:  Anita Bohlin,  Marten Landstrom,  Oystein Baadsvik,  Christian Lindberg
    Conductor:  Christian Lindberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Wind Ensemble
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    Knight Errant - Solo Music For Trumpet / Mark O'keeffe
    Label: Delphian   Catalog: 34049 Release Date: 12/18/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Maxwell Davies,  Eddie McGuire,  John Maxwell Geddes,  Rory Boyle  ... 
    Performer:  Mark O'Keeffe,  Annique Burms
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    Turnage: Greek / Hayes, Kimm, Stuart, Bernas
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 102105 Release Date: 11/20/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mark-Anthony Turnage
    Performer:  Helen Charnock,  Richard Stuart,  Fiona Kimm,  Quentin Hayes
    Conductor:  Richard Bernas
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Almeida Ensemble
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    Black Castles - British Music For Brass / Bäumer, Brass Partout
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1354 Release Date: 05/29/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Derek Bourgeois,  Arthur Butterworth,  Mark-Anthony Turnage,  John Pickard  ... 
    Conductor:  Hermann Bäumer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brass Partout
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    Dedicated To Christian Lindberg - Berio, Xenakis, Turnage
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1638 Release Date: 04/24/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Iannis Xenakis,  Luciano Berio,  Mark-Anthony Turnage
    Performer:  Christian Lindberg
    Conductor:  Peter Rundel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Proclamation
    Label: Brass Classics   Catalog: 13005 Release Date: 11/01/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Robert Davies,  Cecilia McDowall,  Mark-Anthony Turnage,  Alan Hovhaness  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  International Celebrity Trumpet Ensemble
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Mark-Anthony Turnage


MOST POPULAR WORKS
Blood on the Floor
Junior Addict
Shout
Sweet and Decay
Needles
Elegy for Andy
Cut up
Crackdown
Dispelling the Fears
I. Almost Dreaming
II. In the Half Light
III. Still Sleeping
Prologue
Scene 1 (Pub & Wine Bar Music)
Link 1 (Breakfast Quartet)
Scene 2a (Fortune-teller)
Scene 2b (Eddy's Farewell)
Link 2 (Mum & Dad)
Scene 3 (The Plague)
Link 3 - Scene 4 (Police Riot)
Interlude 1 - Scene 5a (Café)
Scene 5b (Fight)
Scene 5c (Love Duet)
Scene 5d (Aria: The Story of Kid)
Scene 5e (Love Duet - reprise)
Link 4 - Scene 6 (Mum & Dad)
Prologue
Scene 1a (Café)
Scene 1b (Love Aria)
Scene 2a (Arrival of Mum & Dad)
Scene 2b (Quartet)
Scene 2c (Plague Link)
Link 1 (Journey to the Sphinx)
Scene 3 (Sphinx)
Link 2 (Killing of Sphinx - Eddy's Triumphant...)
Scene 4a (Eddy's Return)
Scene 4b (Dad's Story of Kid)
Scene 4c (Eddy's Soliloquy of Regret)
Scene 5a (Eddy's 'Blinding')
Scene 5b (Eddy's Funeral March)
Conclusion
1. Prelude
2. Dance 1
3. Nocturne
4. Dance 2
I. Cut Up
II. A Soothing Interlude
III. Another Set To
WORKS
Blood on the Floor
Junior Addict
Shout
Sweet and Decay
Needles
Elegy for Andy
Cut up
Crackdown
Dispelling the Fears
I. Almost Dreaming
II. In the Half Light
III. Still Sleeping
Prologue
Scene 1 (Pub & Wine Bar Music)
Link 1 (Breakfast Quartet)
Scene 2a (Fortune-teller)
Scene 2b (Eddy's Farewell)
Link 2 (Mum & Dad)
Scene 3 (The Plague)
Link 3 - Scene 4 (Police Riot)
Interlude 1 - Scene 5a (Café)
Scene 5b (Fight)
Scene 5c (Love Duet)
Scene 5d (Aria: The Story of Kid)
Scene 5e (Love Duet - reprise)
Link 4 - Scene 6 (Mum & Dad)
Prologue
Scene 1a (Café)
Scene 1b (Love Aria)
Scene 2a (Arrival of Mum & Dad)
Scene 2b (Quartet)
Scene 2c (Plague Link)
Link 1 (Journey to the Sphinx)
Scene 3 (Sphinx)
Link 2 (Killing of Sphinx - Eddy's Triumphant...)
Scene 4a (Eddy's Return)
Scene 4b (Dad's Story of Kid)
Scene 4c (Eddy's Soliloquy of Regret)
Scene 5a (Eddy's 'Blinding')
Scene 5b (Eddy's Funeral March)
Conclusion
1. Prelude
2. Dance 1
3. Nocturne
4. Dance 2
1. Come away, my love
2. Lonely
3. Tango
4. Some Days
5. Blues - Now I am absolutely alone, forever
No. 1. Prologue
No. 2. Loss
No. 3. No More Jokes
No. 4. Wounded
No. 5. Interlude
No. 6. The Mouthless Dead
No. 7. Aftermath
No. 1. No Way Out
No. 2. Inside (part 1)
No. 3. Love
No. 4. By the Sea
No. 5. Inside (part 2)
No. 6. Four Walls
No. 7. Interlude
No. 8. Landslide
No. 9. China Cup
No. 1. The Turn of Time
No. 2.
No. 3. Lie Still, Sleep Becalmed
I. Cut Up
II. A Soothing Interlude
III. Another Set To