The BBC Mu­sic team’s cur­rent favourites

BBC Music Magazine - - THE FULL SCORE -

A bro­ken an­kle has rather lim­ited my or­gan ped­alling and has en­cour­aged me to dig out some new mu­sic for man­u­als to play this month – among the many early, Re­nais­sance, Tu­dor, French Ro­man­tic and mod­ern gems I’ve un­earthed is Fran­cis Jack­son’s charm­ing six-move­ment Ge­or­gian

Suite com­posed in 1992. It’s a de­light­ful, un­com­pli­cated homage to the 18th cen­tury, with a play­ful 20th-cen­tury English twist.

Deputy ed­i­tor

With the ul­tra­ex­act­ing Maria João Pires as his men­tor, it’s of lit­tle sur­prise that pi­anist Julien Bro­cal shows im­mac­u­late at­ten­tion to de­tail on Les états d’âme, his de­but record­ing of Chopin’s Se­cond Sonata and 24 Pre­ludes – one sus­pects that ev­ery sin­gle note has been pon­dered over. But there’s a lot more to his play­ing than that, as these are also ex­traor­di­nar­ily fluid per­for­mances, packed with in­di­vid­u­al­ity.

Re­views ed­i­tor

Wag­ner didn’t have the fi­nal say on the leg­end of Tris­tan and Isolde. In 1948, the Swiss com­poser Frank Martin re­vealed his own thoughts about it in an aus­tere or­a­to­rio that couldn’t be more dif­fer­ent in style and sub­stance to the fa­mous opera. It was in­trigu­ing to see it in Polly Gra­ham’s pared-back stag­ing for Welsh Na­tional Opera, which brought out the work’s rit­u­alised, hyp­notic qual­ity.

Re­becca Franks

Jeremy Pound

Oliver Condy Ed­i­tor

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