The Omnivorous Tendencies of Bermel and Turnage
New Recordings from Alarm Will Sound, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Other Minds
Monday, November 19, 2012
On its third disc of music by Mark-Anthony Turnage, the London Philharmonic Orchestra is joined by a trio of outstanding soloists: violist Laurence Power, violinist Christian Teztlaff and clarinetist Michael Collins. Composer-in-residence with the LPO from 2005-2010, Turnage's high energy sound draws as much from the language of jazz as it does from the worlds of classical and contemporary music. Each of the five works on this album are recorded here for the first time, including a world-premiere performance of the violin concerto, Mambo, Blues and Tarantella.
No music, regardless of how new it sounds, is without a past. The varied repertoire on "Scenes from a New Music Séance," featuring violinist Kate Stenbergand and pianist Maria Zimmermann, was chosen with just that fact in mind with older works by Ruth Crawford, Henry Cowell, Alan Hovhaness and George Antheil juxtaposed with offerings from musically sympathetic younger composers.
One of America’s most exciting new-music ensembles, Alarm Will Sound has found an ideal collaborator in composer Derek Bermel. Both parties possess an uncanny ability to combine countless musical styles, and this talent is on full display in "Canzonas Americanas," their new recording of Bermel’s works for chamber orchestra. The album also features Brazilian singer-songwriter Luciana Souza, bass-baritone Timothy Jones and soprano Kiera Duffy.