5 Songs, 49 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Europe’s first professional black and minority ethnic orchestra, Chineke!’s aim is to champion change and celebrate diversity in classical music. Dvorak’s New World is a great symphony that draws inspiration from African-American melodies and, conducted by Kevin John Edusei, Chineke! play it with fire, passion, and a seemingly unstoppable dynamism. These young musicians sound like they’ve been playing alongside each other for years. Sibelius’s Finlandia, whose big tune was once the National Anthem of the short-lived African state of Biafra, makes a terrific impression in this live recording.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Europe’s first professional black and minority ethnic orchestra, Chineke!’s aim is to champion change and celebrate diversity in classical music. Dvorak’s New World is a great symphony that draws inspiration from African-American melodies and, conducted by Kevin John Edusei, Chineke! play it with fire, passion, and a seemingly unstoppable dynamism. These young musicians sound like they’ve been playing alongside each other for years. Sibelius’s Finlandia, whose big tune was once the National Anthem of the short-lived African state of Biafra, makes a terrific impression in this live recording.

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