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New Turnage / Rihm / Benjamin CD praised in <i>The Guardian</i>

New Turnage / Rihm / Benjamin CD praised in The Guardian

Turnage: Etudes and Elegies; Rihm: Canzona per Sonare; Cuts and Dissolves; Benjamin: Olicantus Svoboda / Orchestre Symphonique de la Monnaie / Ono (Warner Classics) 3 stars Andrew Clements Friday February 4, 2005 With the exception of Wolfgang Rihm's Webernesque Cuts and Dissolves, composed in 1977, all the works here date from the last four years. Etudes and Elegies is the substantial triptych Mark-Anthony Turnage wrote for the BBC Symphony between 2000 and 2002 when he was the orchestra's associate composer, in which a lengthy movement for full orchestra, Uninterrupted Sorrow, is framed by shorter pieces for wind and percussion (A Quick Blast) and strings alone (A Quiet Life). Rihm's trombone concerto Canzone per Sonare is an exploration of musical line, with the solo instrument threading its way through the orchestral textures, while George Benjamin's 50th-birthday tribute to Oliver Knussen is a perfectly achieved miniature. Even if these works have little in common, and few will want to hear them all in a single sitting, it's nevertheless good they are available on disc.