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concerto for viola and orchestra
viola and orchestra
Product number: LSL 4092-01
Edition: Performance material

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This Viola Concerto – his first commission from a major American orchestra – develops the lyrical side of Mark-Anthony Turnage to a fuller extent than had been the case in his earlier music. The music oscillates between two emotional poles that are given by Turnage the performance instructions of ‘rough’ and ‘calm’, but the melodic artistry of the original soloist, Yuri Bashmet, dominates the work.

Orchestral Cast

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I Cadenza and Scherzino
II Interrupted Song and Chaconne

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On Opened Ground
concerto for viola and orchestra
Performance material
Schott Music
Year of composition:
2000 - 2001
25 ′
World Premiere:
November 14, 2002 Cleveland, OH, Severance Hall (USA) · Yuri Bashmet, viola · Conductor: Jahja Ling · The Cleveland Orchestra
Commissioned work :
Commissioned by the Cleveland Orchestra - Music Director Franz Welser-Möst

Technical Details

Product number:
LSL 4092-01

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    On Opened Ground
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    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra
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    On Opened Ground
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    On Opened Ground
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