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Shaham, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Robertson, Royal Albert Hall | reviews, news & interviews

Shaham, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Robertson, Royal Albert Hall

Shaham, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Robertson, Royal Albert Hall

Turnage turns 50 while Shaham wows us with Barber

Gil Shaham: Big-hearted and inquisitive playing
When Mark-Anthony Turnage presents a piece called Hammered Out, that’s pretty much what you expect to hear. Prior to starting work on this co-commission between BBC Radio 3 and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Turnage was quoted as saying, “I don’t want to write an old man’s piece.” The trouble is that this 15-minute juggernaut for large orchestra sounds like an elder statesman – ie the symphony orchestra – masquerading as a mover and shaker: or to be brutally frank, an old swinger in urgent need of a hip replacement. As a seasoned Turnage fan, I hesitate to say that there’s more than a hint of clapped-out about Hammered Out.

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