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Turnage: Speranza & From the Wreckage

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Turnage: Speranza & From the Wreckage

Turnage: Speranza & From the Wreckage

Daniel Harding Conductor 
Håkan Hardenberger Trumpet

ICMA Nomination 2014: Contemporary
Q2 Music Album of the Week
, WQXR (US)
***** Performance **** Recording BBC Music Magazine (UK)

**** 'Daniel Harding’s conducting secures a fine response from the UK’s classiest and feistiest symphony orchestra, whose players latch onto the music’s menacing surges of sound with their trademark firepower.’ Sinfini Music (UK)

‘The sound is arguably the finest to have come from LSO Live in recent years' International Record Review (UK)

LSO Live presents the world premiere recording of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s large-scale orchestral work Speranza (‘Hope’), a piece commissioned by the LSO as part of Turnage’s residency with the orchestra in early 2013. Turnage is one of the most admired composers of his generation, and has long been associated with the London Symphony Orchestra. Daniel Harding appears in this his conducting debut for LSO Live.

Speranza is in many ways Turnage’s most ambitious and symphonic composition for orchestra to date. The piece is a monument to the power of optimism in a bleak world – ‘I started working on the piece while thinking about the absence of hope. I wanted to lift people up’, says Turnage. Each of the four movements are titled ‘Hope’ in a different language; Arabic, German, Irish and Hebrew.

Speranza is coupled here with From the Wreckage, described by The Times as ‘outstanding: the music begins hellishly but gradually picks up a bluesy swing…’. Premiered in 2005, the piece was written for Håkan Hardenberger who reprises the role of soloist for this release. The three internal sections of From the Wreckage are marked by the soloist’s change of instrument – first flugelhorn, then trumpet, and finally piccolo trumpet.

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Speranza is an LSO commission, generously supported by Susie Thomson.

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Reviews

ICMA Nomination 2014: Contemporary
Q2 Music Album of the Week

***** Performance **** Recording ‘In Speranza, with its tangible message of enduring hope, we truly find heart as well as brilliance.’ BBC Music Magazine (UK)

***** Performance **** Sonics
‘This searching account by Daniel Harding and the LSO of what is surely one of Turnage's finest works to date does the composer proud.’ sa-cd.net (UK)

'“Speranza,” meaning hope, is a musical paradox that began as a meditation on suicide and turned into what is possibly 53-year-old Mark-Anthony Turnage’s most substantial work for orchestra thus far, a dissonant, ecstatic 40-minute work employing Palestinian anthems, Israeli children’s song, a Jewish folk song and music featuring the Armenian woodwind instrument the duduk.' Buffalo News (US)

‘A fine mix of consonant and challenging contemporary’classical music which raises high hopes about Turnage…’ Auditorium

**** ‘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.’ The Independent (UK)

‘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 realization of it to best advantage.’ International Record Review (UK)

‘The performance is superb with Håkan Hardenberger showing such freedom, virtuosity and sheer musicality … This [Speranza] is an immensely impressive work that I would not like to be without. Guy Dammann, in his excellent booklet note, refers to Speranza being Turnage’s most ambitious and symphonic composition for orchestra to date. I believe it to be one of his finest.’ The Classical Reviewer (UK)

**** ‘The glittering virtuosity of his [Hardenberger’s] playing says everything about the composer’s expertise in writing it, and conjures a musical idiom resembling a strange blend of Mahler and Miles Davis … In both works Daniel Harding’s conducting secures a fine response from the UK’s classiest and feistiest symphony orchestra, whose players latch onto the music’s menacing surges of sound with their trademark firepower.’ Sinfini Music (UK)

‘Mark-Anthony Turnage’s From the Wreckage is a twenty-first-century Gershwin trumpet concerto … Dedicatee Hakan Hardenberger plays the flugelhorn and standard and piccolo trumpets in a cool and jazzy manner. After just sixteen saucy minutes, it’s over, leaving a jaunty sense of satisfaction.’ Listen (US)

**** ‘This is a sombre hymn to hopelessness, leavened by wistful folk laments, a bleating Armenian duduk and Turnage’s masterful orchestration.’ Financial Times (UK)

**** 'Orchestral playing and sound engineering are both excellent.' Classical Ear (UK)




Artists

Daniel Harding Conductor 
Håkan Hardenberger Trumpet
London Symphony Orchestra

Recording Details


SACD/digital LSO0744 (822231174424)

Nicholas Parker, producer
Neil Hutchinson for Classic Sound Ltd, balance engineer

High-resolution 24-bit audio recording, live at the Barbican, 5 & 7 February 2013

Stereo and multi-channel 5.1
Total playing time 55m37s

Jewel case with booklet. Notes in English, French and German.

Speranza is an LSO commission, generously supported by Susie Thomson.

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