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Turnage: Crying out Loud

Magazine article Gramophone

Turnage: Crying out Loud

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Crying Out Loud [a]. No Let Up [a]. UNDANCE [b]

[a] Rambert Orchestra / Paul Hoskins; [b] UNDANCE Band / Tim Murray

NMC [F] NMCD194 (51' * DDD)

As Paul Griffiths suggests in his booklet-note, the sheer rhythmic quality of Mark-Anthony Turnage's music makes it surprising he had not been writing ballet music from the outset of his career. Two of the pieces on this new NMC disc are in fact concert commissions and only choreographed at a later date. Written for the Ensemble Modern, Crying Out Loud (2002) is among his most Stravinskian works in the way melodic elements seem constantly undercut and even subverted by a rhythmic framework whose sheer ruthlessness finally silences the more 'human' quality. Shorter and more systematic, No Let Up (2003) features an ensemble of wind and percussion in chamber music whose dialogue evinces a distinctly sardonic edge.

Only with UNDANCE (2011) did Tumage take the plunge directly into ballet, in collaboration with the artist Mark Wallinger and choreographer Wayne McGregor--with a little help from Robert Sierra's verb pairings (akin to Brian Eno's Oblique Strategies cards), whose headings are the titles of each of the ballet's eight sections. …

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