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Finlandia, Symphony No. 9 'From the New World'
Jean Sibelius

Chineke! Orchestra

Finlandia, Symphony No. 9 'From the New World'

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Label: Signum Classics
UPC: 0635212051528
Catnr: SIGCD 515
Release date: 07 July 2017
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Signum Classics
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0635212051528
Catalogue number
SIGCD 515
Release date
07 July 2017

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About the album

Signum are proud to present the debut recording from the Chineke! Orchestra, in a new live orchestral recording from The Royal Festival Hall, London.

Drawn from exceptional musicians from across the continent, the orchestra is part of the Chineke! Foundation – a non-profit organisation that provides career opportunities to young Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) classical musicians in the UK and Europe. Their motto is ‘Championing Change and Celebrating Diversity in Classical Music.

The orchestra is the brainchild of Chi-chi Nwanoku MBE, FRAM, who describes the project’s aim as being “... to create a space where BME musicians can walk on stage and know that they belong, in every sense of the word. If even one BME child feels that their colour is getting in the way of their musical ambitions, then I hope to inspire them, give them a platform, and show them that music, of whatever kind, is for all people.”

In this first relesase in a new series, Chineke! orchestra perform two beguiling works – Sibelius’s Finlandia and Dvořák’s much loved Symphony No. 9 ‘From the New World’. Both pieces encompass different aspects of BME influences in Western Classical music: Sibelius’s Finlandia embodied a national sentiment in both the composer’s homeland of Finland as well as for other small nations seeking to free themselves from subjugation from other countries (becoming the national anthem of Biafra during the civil war of 1967-1970), and although underplayed by critics at the time, Dvořák’s work rings with melodies influenced by the folk music and spirituals sung to him by his African-American student and assistant, Harry Burleigh, and with rhythms and pentatonic sections inspired by the music of the Sioux Indians, all wrapped up in the format of a Western Classical symphony.

Twee bekende en geliefde werken uitgevoerd door een uitzonderlijk en jong orkest
Het Chineke! Orchestra presenteert met trots hun debuutalbum met een live-opname vanuit The Royal Festival Hall in Londen. Het orkest bestaat uit jonge en uitzonderlijke musici uit etnische minderheden uit het Verenigd Koninkrijk en Europa. Het is het geesteskind van Chi-chi Nwanoku, die het doel van het project beschrijft als “het creëren van een ruimte waar musici uit etnische minderheden het podium op kunnen lopen en weten dat ze er thuishoren, in elke zin van het woord.”

Op deze eerste uitgave in een nieuwe serie voert Chineke! Orchestra twee betoverende werken uit: Sibelius’ Finlandia en Dvořáks zeer geliefde Negende Symfonie ‘Uit de Nieuwe Wereld’. Beide werken omvatten verschillende aspecten van invloeden van etnische minderheden in de Westerse klassieke muziek.

Finlandia drukt het nationale sentiment uit van zowel het thuisland van de componist, als van andere kleine landen, die zich wilden ontworstelen aan de onderwerping van andere landen. Dvořáks werk weerklinkt van melodieën beïnvloed door de volksmuziek en geestelijke liederen die voor hem werden gezongen door zijn Afrikaans-Amerikaanse student en assistent Harry Burleigh. En van ritmes en pentatonische secties geïnspireerd door de muziek van de Siouxindianen, alles verpakt in de vorm van een Westerse klassieke symfonie.

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Chineke! Orchestra

The Chineke! Foundation was established in 2015 to provide career opportunities to young Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) classical musicians in the UK and Europe. Chineke!’s motto is: ‘Championing change and celebrating diversity in classical music’. The organisation aims to be a catalyst for change, realising existing diversity targets within the industry by increasing the representation of BME musicians in British and European orchestras. The Foundation’s flagship ensemble, the Chineke! Orchestra, comprises exceptional musicians from across the continent brought together multiple times per year. As Europe’s first majority-BME orchestra, the Chineke! Orchestra performs a mixture of standard orchestral repertoire along with the works of BME composers both past and present. The Chineke! Orchestra works closely with its sister ensemble, the Chineke! Junior Orchestra,...
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The Chineke! Foundation was established in 2015 to provide career opportunities to young Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) classical musicians in the UK and Europe. Chineke!’s motto is: ‘Championing change and celebrating diversity in classical music’. The organisation aims to be a catalyst for change, realising existing diversity targets within the industry by increasing the representation of BME musicians in British and European orchestras.

The Foundation’s flagship ensemble, the Chineke! Orchestra, comprises exceptional musicians from across the continent brought together multiple times per year. As Europe’s first majority-BME orchestra, the Chineke! Orchestra performs a mixture of standard orchestral repertoire along with the works of BME composers both past and present.

The Chineke! Orchestra works closely with its sister ensemble, the Chineke! Junior Orchestra, a youth orchestra of BME players aged 11-18, with senior players acting as mentors, teachers and role models to the young musicians. With many of our junior musicians already benefitting from several existing youth schemes, junior music colleges and specialist music

schools across the UK, the Chineke! Junior Orchestra acts as a bridge between such schemes and higher education, giving its players experience, encouragement and confidence during their formative years, with the hope of increasing the numbers of BME candidates currently studying music at third level. This process has already begun, with several of the junior musicians having won national competitions, gained places at top music schools or been admitted to study at elite third level institutions.
Chineke! is the brainchild of Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE, who has this say about the project: ‘My aim is to create a space where BME musicians can walk on stage and know that they belong, in every sense of the word. If even one BME child feels that their colour is getting in the way of their musical ambitions, then I hope to inspire them, give them a platform, and show them that music, of whatever kind, is for all people.’

Many cultural organisations such as the BBC, Association of British Orchestras, Royal Philharmionic Society and Arts Council England agree with this sentiment, and have supported Chineke! After its launch concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in September of 2015, the Chineke! Orchestra was

appointed as an Associate Orchestra of the Southbank Centre, and returned there to perform in September of 2016 at the Royal Festival Hall. After a sold-out debut at St George’s Bristol in April 2017, the Chineke! Orchestra has an exciting series of concerts lined up for the coming year, including appearances at the Brighton, Cheltenham and Salisbury Festivals, a return to the Royal Festival Hall, overseas tours to Ghent and Rotterdam, and an engagement at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms.

Chineke! has been covered extensively by national and international press and broadcast media, most recently by the New York Times, and the Foundation’s work is featured prominently in the Department of Culture, Media and Sport’s White Paper on Culture published in March 2016. The Chineke! Orchestra has been shortlisted for an RPS Awards in both 2016 and 2017, and later this year will release its first CD.

The aims of the Chineke! Foundation and Orchestra are certainly ambitious, and in words of Sir Simon Rattle: ‘Chineke! is not only an exciting idea but a profoundly necessary one. The kind of idea which is so obvious that you wonder why it is not already in place. The kind of idea which could deepen and enrich classical music in the UK for generations. What a thrilling prospect!’


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Kevin John Edusei (conductor)

Kevin John Edusei is one the most impressive conductors of the younger generation. With humor, spirit, and lightness, he forms exceptional interpretations in a broad-ranging repertoire extending from the Baroque to Modern music. Since the beginning of the 2014-2015 season, Kevin John Edusei has been engaged with innovative programing approaches as the much-respected Principal Conductor of the Munich Symphony. He has also been, since the beginning of the 2015-2016 season, Principal Conductor of the Bern Concert Theater, where he has already led new productions of Ariadne auf Naxos, Salome, Peter Grimes, and Un ballo in maschera. Edusei attracted international attention when he won the First Prize at the Dimitri Mitropoulos Conducting Competition in 2008, which was followed by invitations to...
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Kevin John Edusei is one the most impressive conductors of the younger generation. With humor, spirit, and lightness, he forms exceptional interpretations in a broad-ranging repertoire extending from the Baroque to Modern music. Since the beginning of the 2014-2015 season, Kevin John Edusei has been engaged with innovative programing approaches as the much-respected Principal Conductor of the Munich Symphony. He has also been, since the beginning of the 2015-2016 season, Principal Conductor of the Bern Concert Theater, where he has already led new productions of Ariadne auf Naxos, Salome, Peter Grimes, and Un ballo in maschera. Edusei attracted international attention when he won the First Prize at the Dimitri Mitropoulos Conducting Competition in 2008, which was followed by invitations to conduct major European ensembles. After his debut at the Dresden State Opera in the 2008-2009 season with Mozart’s Entführung aus dem Serail, Edusei took over the production of Hindemith’s Cardillac from Fabio Luisi in 2010. In 2013, he made his debut at the Vienna Volksoper with Mozart’s Zauberflöte. In 2016, Edusei will take over the musical direction of Mozart’s Don Giovanni. As one of the three winners of the conducting competition initiated by Pierre Boulez and Peter Eötvös, Edusei led Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Gruppen für drei Orchester at the Lucerne Festival in 2007. Marc Albrecht, Kurt Masur, Jorma Panula, Sylvain Cambreling, and Peter Eötvös have been Edusei’s mentors. He has been supported by the German Music Council in connection with the Conducting Forum. He also held fellowships at the Ensemble Modern’s International Academy and the Deutsche Bank’s “Akademie Musiktheater heute”.

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Jean Sibelius

Jean Sibelius (1865-1957) was the composer who gave Finland its own sound, right when this nation was struggling to detach itself from Russia. Sibelius wrote several impressive symphonic poems - among which Finlandia, Lemminkäinen-suite, Oceaniden, Tapiola - for he took inspiration from the Kalevala, the Finnish national epic.  He was just as original as a symphonist: his Seven Symphonies are just as much answers to the question how the genre should develop after Tchaikovsky's death. 
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Jean Sibelius (1865-1957) was the composer who gave Finland its own sound, right when this nation was struggling to detach itself from Russia. Sibelius wrote several impressive symphonic poems - among which Finlandia, Lemminkäinen-suite, Oceaniden, Tapiola - for he took inspiration from the Kalevala, the Finnish national epic. He was just as original as a symphonist: his Seven Symphonies are just as much answers to the question how the genre should develop after Tchaikovsky's death.
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