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Mcleod: The Emperor And The Nightingale / Medlyn, Albulescu, Grodd

> The Emperor and the Nightingale - The Emperor and the Nightingale
> 3 Celebrations - I. Journey through Mountain Parklands
> 3 Celebrations - II. At the Bay
> 3 Celebrations - III. A & P Show
> Rock Concerto - I. To Absent Friends
> Rock Concerto - II. Elegy for Charlie French
> Rock Concerto - III. Rondo Latino

Album Summary

>McLeod, Jenny : The Emperor and the Nightingale, for narrator & orchestra
>McLeod, Jenny : Celebrations (3), for orchestra
>McLeod, Jenny : Rock Concerto, for piano & orchestra
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

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 colorful 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.

Radio New Zealand
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.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington, New Zealand.



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Works Details

>McLeod, Jenny : The Emperor and the Nightingale, for narrator & orchestra
  • Conductor: Uwe Grodd
  • Ensemble: New Zealand Symphony
  • Notes: Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington, New Zealand (07/29/2010-07/30/2010)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1985

>McLeod, Jenny : Celebrations (3), for orchestra
  • Conductor: Uwe Grodd
  • Running Time: 17 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1983

>McLeod, Jenny : Rock Concerto, for piano & orchestra
  • Performer: Eugene Albulescu (Piano)
  • Conductor: Uwe Grodd
  • Notes: Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington, New Zealand (07/28/2010-07/29/2010)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1985