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MCLEOD, J.: Emperor and the Nightingale (The) / 3 Celebrations / Rock Concerto (Medlyn, Albulescu, New Zealand Symphony, Grodd)

Composer(s):McLeod, Jenny
Genre Classical Music
Category ConcertosOrchestral
Catalogue 8.572671
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
USD 6.99


New Zealand-born composer Jenny McLeod’s wide musical background is here distilled into three works of highly enjoyable directness. The Emperor and the Nightingale is a colourful score which accompanies the narration of a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, and Three Celebrations conjures scenes of landscape and recreation familiar to New Zealanders. Performed by Grand Prix du Disque Liszt winning soloist Eugene Albulescu, the virtuoso Rock Concerto draws on popular music styles, placing these references in a strongly classical structure.


Review By Thomas Goss, The Critic’s Chair,Radio New Zealand,September 2011

Generously tuneful, even populist in a way, the music is nevertheless crafted with extreme care and emboldened with a wide-reaching imagination. There’s also an easygoing sincerity, yet devastating directness. McLeod’s celebration of modern idioms of rhythm and harmonic simplicity results in a work that not only captures the spirit of its time but also stands above it, with continuing relevance today.


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