The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain

Edgard Varèse

Tuning Up

Nico Muhly

Gait (BBC commission: London premiere)


Turangalîla Symphony

Anna Meredith


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

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Reviewed: 11 August, 2020

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.

Read Past Reviews on the Classical Source

(From BBC Proms 2012, 4 August)

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