The BBC Music team’s current favourites
Neil Mckim Production editor
Concerto, was written for jazz clarinettist Woody Herman in 1945. It’s an intriguing work, requiring Herman to take a detour from the swing-era sound for which he was well known in order to embrace the composer’s spiky rhythmic textures. The melancholy second movement is wonderful, with its woozy blues-like quality and the ethereal chords at the close.
Elinor Cooper Editorial assistant
I first encountered the music of Eriks E¯ˇsenvalds in a concert by the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, and since then have been entranced by his atmospheric soundworld. The Portland State University Chamber Choir recently released a disc of narrative works, including the sublime Rivers of Light – a sound-portrait of the northern lights – and The First Tears, based on an Inuit legend.