BBC Music Magazine Awards 33 BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE this music was almost invariably viewed and experienced through a prism of 19th-century rhetoric,’ he wrote. ‘Listening to Faust and Melnikov deftly tracing the evanescent contours of the Violin Sonata comes therefore as something of a revelation.’ This, Tamestit adds, is down to the fact that all the players on this disc are ‘ferocious advocates of contemporary music’, despite playing on period instruments here. It is this contrast that helps give a colour of the past as well as a modernity to the interpretations. ‘We used period instruments from exactly the time the works were written,’ he says. ‘The harp and flute are of the era, and the harpist and I used gut strings’. It was, interestingly, Debussy who also took centre stage in the Chamber category of last year’s BBC Music Magazine Awards. Anniversary aside, why does he continue to enjoy such popularity among both performers and listeners? ‘Everyone can understand and feel his music,’ says Tamestit. ‘It’s intellectual genius, but it’s also based on primal, gutsy, instinctive feeling.’
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