The BBC Mu­sic team’s cur­rent favourites

BBC Music Magazine - - THE FULL SCORE -

Oliver Condy Edi­tor In August, I saw a rav­ish­ing per­for­mance of Mes­si­aen’s all-toorel­e­vant Quar­tet for the End of Time in the 13th-cen­tury Kvinnherad Church as part of Nor­way’s Rosendal Cham­ber Mu­sic Fes­ti­val. Francesco Piemon­tesi, Martin Fröst, Chris­tian Tet­zlaff and Tanya Tet­zlaff dis­played as­ton­ish­ing dy­namic colour and im­pec­ca­ble en­sem­ble – the au­di­ence held its si­lence for over a minute after the fi­nal chord had died away.

Jeremy Pound Deputy edi­tor When re­cently in­ter­view­ing the King’s Singers ahead of the group’s 50th-an­niver­sary year, I was put on the spot by be­ing asked by one of the group to name my favourite of their many discs. A tough ques­tion. The Bea­tles Con­nec­tion, from 1986, has al­ways en­joyed reg­u­lar air­time in the Pound house­hold, but 2006’s Land­scape and Time, a metic­u­lously crafted al­bum of con­tem­po­rary works, re­mains my desert is­land choice.

Re­becca Franks Re­views edi­tor Every time I hear the Na­tional Youth Orches­tra of Great Bri­tain, I’m blown away by its bril­liance. And the 164 mu­si­cians on stage at the en­sem­ble’s BBC Proms per­for­mance were no ex­cep­tion. They played a chal­leng­ing pro­gramme of Fran­cisco Coll, Adès and Stravin­sky with no vis­i­ble qualms but plenty of pas­sion, mak­ing it one of the most ex­hil­a­rat­ing con­certs I’ve been to in a while.

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