The BBC Mu­sic team’s cur­rent favourites

BBC Music Magazine - - THE FULL SCORE -

I’ve been lis­ten­ing to Co­p­land’s mu­sic for the bal­let Hear Ye! Hear Ye!, per­formed by the Detroit Sym­phony un­der Leonard Slatkin. The or­ches­tra­tion in­cor­po­rates in­trigu­ing jazz in­flu­ences. In Scene VI, Co­p­land uses bluesy clar­inet and syn­co­pated per­cus­sion rhythms to evoke Chicago’s gang­land nightlife. The court­room scenes are brought to life vividly with bits of the US na­tional an­them.

Eli­nor Cooper Ed­i­to­rial as­sis­tant

I’ve had fun putting to­gether an Ap­ple mu­sic playlist of sea­sonal mu­sic, in­clud­ing con­tem­po­rary mu­sic by Re­becca Dale, a com­poser I’d not come across be­fore. Her Win­ter, per­formed by Vo­ces8, is su­perbly cold and at­mo­spheric, and her ar­range­ment of ‘Soay’, as heard on The Lost Songs of St Kilda CD, makes won­der­ful use of strings in bring­ing this nearly-lost folk tune to life.

Neil Mckim Pro­duc­tion ed­i­tor

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