Played by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and conducted by rising Singaporean star Darrell Ang, the Naxos CD has been praised for the quality of its music making and production.
“This music was a wake-up. It was enlightening as to what could be done with an orchestra by an uninhibited composer. Zhou Long seems to draw on virtually any modern Western symphonic styles, with the addition of some purely Asian musical ideas, especially in the wind and percussion,” says Mr Laird.
“It’s theatrical, ceaselessly interesting, and this CD rates as one of my personal production highlights in the orchestral area. The music offered a chance for everyone in the orchestra to shine and the players took up that chance. I’m not surprised it’s been nominated,” he says.
Mr Laird is owner and head producer of Atoll Records in Auckland. He is a research associate in the University of Waikato’s Conservatorium of Music and is currently working on recording projects with Conservatorium performers Lara Hall, Rachael Griffiths-Hughes, James Tennant and Katherine Austin. He is also working on an international project with Conservatorium composers Michael Williams and Martin Lodge.