7 Songs, 1 Hour 24 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Chineke!, Europe’s first black and minority ethnic orchestra, demonstrates why it’s one of the UK’s great ensembles with this bold, live recording. Pianist Gerard Aimontche displays a poetic nuance refreshingly free of Romantic sentiment in Rachmaninoff’s notoriously difficult Third Piano Concerto. And the furious first movement cadenza, while passionate and fiery, possesses a rare clarity and crispness. It’s in Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2 that Chineke! really shine, with an intense, raw second movement Andante and a final Allegro that sweeps impressively to its triumphant conclusion. The orchestra's players are responsive and alert to Roderick Cox’s dynamic, driving direction.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Chineke!, Europe’s first black and minority ethnic orchestra, demonstrates why it’s one of the UK’s great ensembles with this bold, live recording. Pianist Gerard Aimontche displays a poetic nuance refreshingly free of Romantic sentiment in Rachmaninoff’s notoriously difficult Third Piano Concerto. And the furious first movement cadenza, while passionate and fiery, possesses a rare clarity and crispness. It’s in Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2 that Chineke! really shine, with an intense, raw second movement Andante and a final Allegro that sweeps impressively to its triumphant conclusion. The orchestra's players are responsive and alert to Roderick Cox’s dynamic, driving direction.

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