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Radio 3 Guide to the Opera
With Penny Gore
One of the highlights of this year's celebration of youth at the BBC Proms is the appearance by the brilliant National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain as they scale the heights in Messiaen's Turangalila Symphony, an ecstatic song of love.
The huge orchestral forces and soaring solos for the ondes martenot in Messiaen's Tristan-inspired symphony will surely fill the Royal Albert Hall with glorious sounds. Messiaen's twentieth century classic is framed by a BBC commission from one of America's rising talents and Anna Meredith's acclaimed tour de force of clapping, stamping, singing and body percussion, first performed earlier this year by NYO members and commissioned for the PRS for Music Foundation's New Music 20x12 programme as part of the Cultural Olympiad.
Presented by Petroc Trelawny
Varèse: Tuning Up
Nico Muhly: Gait - BBC Commission, London Premiere
Messiaen: Turangalîla Symphony
Anna Meredith: HandsFree
Cynthia Millar (ondes martenot)
Joanna MacGregor (piano)
National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
Vasily Petrenko (conductor).