Playlist: a guide to the music of Mark-Anthony Turnage

Gramophone Tue 19th September 2017

A playlist by Paul Griffiths of the British composer's finest moments on record

Mark-Anthony Turnage (photo: Philip Gatwood)

Mark-Anthony Turnage (photo: Philip Gatwood)

In the Awards issue of Gramophone (out now!) Paul Griffiths gives a fascinating overview of the music of British composer Mark-Anthony Turnage. He writes: 'There is no way to talk about the music of Mark-Anthony Turnage without straight away mentioning the powerful presence – unmistakable, unabashed – of jazz, with expressive effects simultaneously wild and needle-sharp, noir and blue. Less immediately obvious, perhaps, is how Turnage, in drawing his basic vocabulary from the other side of the fence (and there still is one), is able to create music in ways thoroughly in line with the classical tradition, even if resolutely and necessarily new. Jazz gives him an alternative handle on a venerable engine.'

Paul Griffiths has prepared a special Turnage playlist for us on Qobuz, which you can enjoy here: qobuz.com

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