16 June 2008
Very High Kings available online
live recording of a landmark piece by Richard Meale
© Bridget Elliot
A live recording of Richard Meale's landmark orchestral piece Very High Kings has been made available online. The performance by the Sydney Symphony, conducted by the Canadian Yannick Nézet-Seguin, was recorded in June 2007 to mark both the composer’s 75th birthday (24th August) and the orchestra’s 75th season.
Very High Kings, completed four decades ago in 1968, is a striking work that has not lost its boldness over time. 'The singular, uncompromising vision of Very High Kings remains an impressive achievement: one that was realised with rigour and polish by the performers', wrote The Australian (2 July 2007) after last year’s concert.
The recording is distributed by Fuse Music and is available exclusively online. It can be purchased through iTunes and forms a part of a series of recordings on the Sydney Symphony Live label.
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