The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain

Edgard Varèse
Tuning Up
Nico Muhly
Gait (BBC commission: London premiere)
Messiaen
Turangalîla Symphony
Anna Meredith
HandsFree

Cynthia Millar (ondes martenot)
Joanna MacGregor (piano)
National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
Vassily Petrenko (conductor)


Messiaen’s ecstatic, Eastern-influenced celebration of love is framed by a BBC commission from American talent Nico Muhly and British composer Anna Meredith’s acclaimed tour de force of clapping, stamping, singing and body percussion, first performed earlier the same year by NYO members.

Varèse’s Tuning Up is a tongue-in-cheek parody based on the familiar orchestral strains usually heard on stage only before the conductor arrives.

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(From BBC Proms 2012, 4 August)

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