© 2008 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd
℗ 2008 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd
Twice Through the Heart recorded at Blackheath Concert Halls, London, on 16 April 2007. Producer & engineer: Tim Handley
Hidden Love Song recorded live at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, on 30 January 2006. Producer: Tim Oldham; Engineer: Mike Hatch
The Torn Fields recorded at Watford Town Hall on 11 February 2007. Producer & engineer: Tim Handley.
Publishers: Schott & Co Ltd (Twice Through the Heart; The Torn Fields); Boosey & Hawkes Ltd (Hidden Love Song)
The production of this disc was made possible through the generous support of the Michael Marks Charitable Trust and Arts Council England.
Booklet text in English and German
Total playing time: 66:15
DDD Stereo
Released February 2008

CD: Turnage – Orchestral Works Volume 2

LPO conducted by Marin Alsop

Mark-Anthony Turnage (born 1960)

Twice Through the Heart Dramatic scena for mezzo-soprano and ensemble
Hidden Love Song for soprano saxophone and orchestra
The Torn Fields Song-cycle for baritone and large ensemble

Marin Alsop conductor
Sarah Connolly mezzo-soprano
Gerald Finley baritone
Martin Robertson soprano saxophone
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Pieter Schoeman leader

Three works by the London Philharmonic Orchestra's then-Composer in Residence Mark-Anthony Turnage offer strikingly different glimpses of the human interface: a chilling first-person account of marital murder, a touchingly titled musical gift, and an acerbic view of the destruction of war. Works of acute craft and insight are captured here with vivid drama in performance under Marin Alsop.
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'After three years working with Turnage, their composer in residence, the LPO speak his language brilliantly: listen especially in The Torn Fields to the molten sound of the winds and brass. And Alsop’s commitment is total, whether she’s conjuring the composer’s urban whoops, battlefield desolation or percussive tinkling in Hidden Love Song, suggesting the sounds of a clock … These works so vividly performed are among the best in Turnage’s recent output. Listen with relish.'
Geoff Brown, The Times, 8 February 2008

'The exemplary singing from Sarah Connolly and Gerald Finley reminds us how effectively Turnage writes for the voice, but his orchestral writing is always distinctive, too, and comes across vividly and with clarity in the LPO’s playing.'
Matthew Rye, The Daily Telegraph, 16 February 2008

'Striking performances of three of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s most powerful works, conducted by Marin Alsop … Those who say there are no heart and melody in contemporary music should listen to this eloquent composer.'
The Sunday Telegraph, 2 March 2008

'Connolly, the mezzo soloist, prefers to sing rather than emote, and the result ennobles a work that surely ranks as one of Turnage’s masterpieces … The LPO under Marin Alsop provides strongly characterised accompaniments for all three pieces.'
Financial Times, 2 February 2008

'Throughout the disc, the LPO responds to Marin Alsop’s direction with undeniable conviction.'
International Record Review, April 2008

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