Currently in the editing studio, Thomas Kemp’s world-premiere recordings of chamber works by Mark-Anthony Turnage will be released on Resonus Classics in January. The disc features tenor Nicky Spence performing A Constant Obsession as well as Grazioso! A high-octane instrumental work which takes its name from the first brand of guitar played by Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page.
Also featured on the disc is Three for Two composed for the 70th birthdays of Christoph Eschenbach and Steven Schaefer with witty quotations of Happy Birthday To You written in to each movement, and Four Chants which layers Wagnerian-inspired chords with ironic honky-tonk piano worthy of a seedy bordello.
Thomas said of the recording:
“Working with Mark-Anthony Turnage on this recording has been a real thrill. As a performer you are getting a real insight into the music and feel part of the creative process – being able to play as well as conduct has given me a tactile sense of the music which is really useful when swapping the violin for the baton. His work has real soul and emotional depth yet can be amazingly fun to play and to listen to. Every work is really distinctive and brilliantly written for the instruments.”
For more information, visit the Resonus Classics website.