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April 11   -   Guardian

NYO/Prieto review – five-star fiesta of energy and talent

Barbican, London The National Youth Orchestra was a formidable unit under Carlos Miguel Prieto’s measured beat, while cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason held the audience spellbound

With Carlos Miguel Prieto in charge of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain’s spring tour, it was no surprise that their programme included a work from the Mexican conductor’s own tradition. In fact, there were two.

The opener was a suite by Silvestre Revueltas, drawn from his score for the 1939 film Night of the Mayas, which if anything magnifies the exuberance of the more familiar Mexican folk-dance rhythms of José Pablo Moncayo’s Huapango – a brilliant encore that set the seal on an evening of extraordinarily focused and yet entirely spontaneous-sounding music-making.

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