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Kazushi Ono's recording of Turnage, Benjamin and Rihm is CD of the Week in <i>The Observer</i>

Kazushi Ono's recording of Turnage, Benjamin and Rihm is CD of the Week in The Observer

The Observer, 27th February 2005 Mark-Anthony Turnage: Etudes and Elegies Wolfgang Rihm: Cuts and Disolves and Canzona per sonare George Benjamin: Olicantus Michael Svoboda (alto trombone), Orchestre Symphonique de la Monnaie, Kazushi Ono (Warner Classics 2564 60244-2) Why should it take the Japanese-born music director of a Belgian opera house to champion three contemporary composers, two of the British? Don't ask, just tune in, as Kazushi Ono leads definitive performances of three iconic works. A pupil of Bernstein, successor at La Monnaie to Covent Garden's Tony Pappano, Ono pioneered these performances at Ars Musica, Brussels' equivalent to our own Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. He brings all the requisite panache to Mark-Anthony Turnage's trilogy Etudes and Elegies, George Benjamin's Olicantus and two disparate Wolfgang Rihm works, Cuts and Disolves (1976) and Canzona per sonare (2002), with remarkable alto trombone work from Svoboda. Anthony Holden

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