Nico Muhly and Britten Sinfonia, review

Young New Yorker Nico Muhly may be one of the hottest composers on the planet, but his music also pays homage to some unhip influences – like the Jacobean composer Orlando Gibbons. Rating: * * *

If anyone rivals Thomas Adès for the title of the planet’s hottest composer, it’s surely the young New Yorker Nico Muhly. So it was a very smart move on the Britten Sinfonia’s part to bag two world premieres from him. The first of them was premiered by the Sinfonia in Krakow last weekend, and had its first UK outing in Cambridge on Tuesday.