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National Youth Orchestra - Totally teenage orchestral brilliance

The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain travel from Mexico and Cuba to New York in a glittering programme of music by Revueltas, Chavez, Gershwin and Copland.

The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain at the Royal Festival Hall in music from America, Cuba and Mexico.
There is nothing quite like an NYO concert. The power and passion of the world's greatest orchestra of teenagers is unleashed in a programme which unashamedly crosses borders from Cuba and Mexico to New York.
Silvestre Revueltas’s Sensemayá is based on an Afro-Cuban poem depicting the sacrifice of a snake. Feel the tension build as ritualistic percussion pounds out the poem’s chant ‘Mayombé-bombé-mayombé!’ and frenzied brass wail in thrilling anticipation of an epic battle between man and beast.
Chavez’s Sinfonia India is bursting with the spirit of Mexico, a lively whirlwind of pure, unadulterated fun.
The lights of 1920s Broadway twinkle in Gershwin’s Piano Concerto and the NYO finish their concert with ‘the great American Symphony’ Aaron Copland’s show-stopping Symphony No 3.
Presented by Natasha Riordan

Revueltas: Sensemayá
Chávez: Symphony No.2 (Sinfonía India)
Gershwin: Piano Concerto

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During the interval, Natasha finds talks to members of the NYO about life in the orchestra and some of its associated projects.

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Copland: Symphony No.3

Xiayin Wang (piano)
National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
Carlos Miguel Prieto (conductor)

2 hours, 28 minutes

Music Played

  • Silvestre Revueltas

    Sensemaya

    Orchestra: National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. Conductor: Carlos Miguel Prieto.
  • Carlos Chávez

    Sinfonia India

    Orchestra: National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. Conductor: Carlos Miguel Prieto.
  • George Gershwin

    Piano Concerto

    Performer: Xiayin Wang. Orchestra: National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. Conductor: Carlos Miguel Prieto.
  • George Gershwin

    I got rhythm

    Performer: Xiayin Wang.
  • George Gershwin

    The man I love

    Performer: Xiayin Wang. Music Arranger: Earl Wild.
  • Aaron Copland

    Symphony no 3

    Orchestra: National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. Conductor: Carlos Miguel Prieto.
  • Alberto Ginastera

    Four Dances, Op. 8a - 4. Malambo

    Orchestra: National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. Conductor: Carlos Miguel Prieto.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Piano Sonata in E minor, Op.90

    Performer: Steven Osborne.
    • HYPERION.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Sonatine

    Performer: Steven Osborne.
    • Ravel: The Complete Solo Piano Music: Steven Osborne, Piano.
    • Hyperion.
    • 4.

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