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There is a short wind quintet, Berceuse for the Mary Rose, beautifully written for the medium, portraying the great ship's battles, a homage to Henry VIII (quoting his academic but jolly song 'Pastyme with good companye') [listen -- track 1, 1:20-2:29] and the subsequent long sleep on the seabed. There is also a very effective Sonata for horn and strings, and a piece called Quarter-After-Four, a worthy short companion to the Brahms Op 40 trio for horn, violin and piano.

The final track is a superbly symphonic Rhapsody for nine instruments -- commissioned by a Mr Maarten Hudig of Rotterdam for 'the smallest possible orchestra' -- a structurally well made piece in four linked sections which are significant snapshots of the composer's past life, people, places, a picture, a church, and a brief finale that draws all the threads together [listen -- track 10, 10:50-12:12].

Turner knows how to handle instruments well, and how to maintain plausible interest in his work. I usually maintain that a composer's music is only boring if he is. Turner can't be!

Copyright © 4 November 2007 Patric Standford, Wakefield UK

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Chamber Music of Kerry Turner for strings, woodwind quintet, piano and horns

MS 1186 DDD Stereo FIRST RELEASE 55'34" 2006 MSR Classics

Rotterdam Philharmonic Chamber Players: Martine van der Loo, flute; Remco de Vries, oboe; Sjef Douwes, clarinet; Bram van Sambeek, bassoon; Martin van de Merwe, horn; Jos Buurman, horn; Wendy Leliveld, horn; Richard Speetjens, horn; Maria Dingjan, violin; Noëmi Bodden, violin (Sonata); Anne Huser, viola; Alexander Prummel, viola (Sonata); Floris Mijnders, cello; Carla Schrijner, cello (Sonata); Matthew Midgley, double bass; Alla Libo, piano

Kerry Turner: Berceuse for the Mary Rose for woodwind quintet (2004) (Introduction, Agitato, Allegro, Misterioso, Like at the beginning); Quarter-After-Four for violin, horn and piano (1996); Sonata for Horn and Strings, for horn, two violins, viola and cello (Andante misterioso, Allegro vivo; Largo; Allegro); Quartet No 3 for horn quartet (1992) (The Sooners; The Homesteaders; The Ghost Town Parade; Finale); Rhapsody for Nine Instruments, for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, violin, viola, cello, double bass (2002) (Introduction, The Story Behind the Scream: Allegro con brio, Interlude I: Allegro apassionato, Return to the Scene of a Past Romantic Affair: Andante, Interlude II, Crossing a Street in Old Shanghai: Allegro, Interlude III, The Steeple of the Belair Church: Andante religioso, Finale: Allegro apassionato)

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