Notes and Editorial Reviews
Mark-Anthony Turnage is an English composer whose work trades on the edge between contemporary classical music and jazz. BLOOD ON THE FLOOR, which takes its title from a Francis Bacon painting, is a series of mini concertos for jazz soloists and orchestra. The movement titles suggest a theme of heroin addiction and while there is no explicit narrative, moods of discontent, alienation, and restless angst prevail. The mixing of generic styles, so frequently a stumbling block for composers, is achieved by Turnage with a thorough sense of dedication that only comes to those who are raised thinking of Miles Davis and Hans Werner Henze as equals. Turnage's cause is greatly helped by the sympathy of his star soloists and the Ensemble Modern, all
of whom he has worked with at great length in developing the pieces which combine to make this work.
Newsday (5/28/00, p.24) - "...The piece has a gritty, polyphonic energy, broken by sections of lyrical simplicity. Jazz, particularly the hard-driving electric jazz of the 1970s and '80s, permeates the score....There is a rough, angular beauty in Turnage's bleak landscape..." Read less
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Blood on the Floor by Mark-Anthony Turnage
Peter Erskine (Drums),
Martin Robertson (Bass Clarinet),
Bruce Nockles (Trumpet),
Dietmar Wiesner (Flute),
Franck Ollu (French Horn),
Uwe Dierksen (Trombone),
William Forman (Trumpet),
Martin Robertson (Saxophone),
John Scofield (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1993-1996; England
Date of Recording: 1996
Length: 68 Minutes 45 Secs.
Notes: This CD was recorded at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, England, the Old Opera House, Frankfurt, Germany and the Philharmonie, Cologne, Germany.
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