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The Emperor and the Nightingale Naxos 8.572671

Composer: Jenny McLeod

Lyricists: Hans Christian Andersen, Leonora Blanche Alleyne Lang

Conductor: Uwe Grodd

Orchestra: New Zealand Symphony Orchestra

Artists: Eugene Albulescu, Helen Medlyn

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

The Emperor and the Nightingale Review

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. Thomas Goss - Radio New

Albulescu plays most beautifully here, spinning McLeod's simple but
effective lines with great tenderness. There is a real swing to the finale
(“Rondo Latino”). Albulescu clearly has a great technique, as well as the
capacity to enjoy himself, even under studio conditions.

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