The BBC Mu­sic team’s cur­rent favourites

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Neil Mckim Pro­duc­tion edi­tor

Stravin­sky’s Ebony

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.

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