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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


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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