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Turnage - From the Wreckage/Speranza

The Classical Shop
release date: November 2013

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2013

Artists:

London Symphony Orchestra


Daniel Harding


Hakan Hardenberger

- (trumpet)

Venue:

Barbican Hall, London



Producer:

Nicholas Parker



Engineer:

Neil Hutchinson



Record Label
LSO

Genre:

Orchestral & Concertos




Total Time - 55:40
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MARK ANTHONY TURNAGE

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From the Wreckage *

15:52
   
 

Speranza **

 
2 I Amal 11:56
3 II Hoffen 9:54
4 III Dóchas 6:35
5 IV Tikvah 11:23
  Total Time 55:40      
   
 Daniel Harding
 Hakan Hardenberger - (trumpet)
   
  Recorded live on * 5 February and ** 7 February 2013  


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.

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

"...This is a serious ... release, well played and richly recorded."

Allen Gimbel - American Record Guide - March/April 2014


                            Music **** (Very Good)          Sound ****(Very Good) 

Dirk Wieschollek - Fono Forum magazine (Germany) - April 2014


                           ***** - Exceptional album

Giuseppe Rossi - Musica magazine (Italy) - March 2014


                      Performance *****       Recording ****

"... Speranza is the stand-out work here for me. Though the trumpet concerto From the Wreckage is certainly an arresting listen, it is ultimately a display piece. In Speranza, with its tangible message of enduring hope, we truely find heart as well as brilliance. You’d never guess from this recording that this was the work’s premiere: daniel Harding and the LSO seem to have found so much in it in rehearsal. The live recordings are very good..."

Stephen Johnson - BBC Music magazine - March 2014


 "...This is a sombre hymn to hopelessness, leavened by wistful folk laments, a bleating Armenian duduk and Turnage’s masterful orchestration" ****

Andrew Clark - Financial Times - 10 January 2014

 


"...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 the 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 ... Readers are urged to acquire this disc and asses the qualities of Speranza for themselves."

Richard Whitehouse - International Record Review - December 2013




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