KAM KEE YONG: SURPASSING BEAUTY & OTHER ORCHESTRAL WORKS
KAM NING / SINGAPORE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
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Performer, Composer and Painter, Kam Kee Yong was born in Malaysia but soon moved to Singapore. He entered the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he studied the violin with Fredrick Grinke and composition with Alan Bush, simultaneously showcasing his own artworks at various Galleries in London. Kam Kee Yong hears the colours of sound as vividly as he sees those in his paintings. Drawing inspiration from the Orient, nature and Christianity, his music successfully combines Eastern flavour with Western instrumentation. He was awarded the Cultural Medallion of Singapore in 1984 for his outstanding contribution in the field of music.
GIACOMO MEYERBEER: OVERTURES AND ENTR'ACTES FROM THE FRENCH OPERAS
NEW ZEALAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
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"It’s a fun CD, and a perfect opportunity to celebrate both the genius of Meyerbeer and the runaway talent of this young Singaporean conductor. Intoxicating performances, thrillingly recorded; Darrell Ang is one to watch." - Dan Morgan, Music Web International's RECORDING OF THE MONTH
Giacomo Meyerbeer was the hottest operatic composer of his time, writing masterpiece-after-masterpiece for the Paris Opéra between 1831 and 1865. "Robert le Diable", "Les Huguenots", "L'Africaine" and "Le Prophète" were among the most spectacular and popular of his works, well lasting into the early 20th century. The overtures and orchestral pieces contained here illustrate the power of Meyerbeer's writing, his sense of drama, his orchestral coloring, and his melodic beauty. "L'Etoile du Nord" and "Dinorah", written for the Opéra Comique, are lighter in tone, but notable for their programmatic inventiveness.