JUKKA LINKOLA (b.1955): The Astoria, A Musical.
Catalogue Number: 10J107
Reference: ABCD 236
Description: Linkola started out in jazz, but has become a major, and prolific, composer of concert music. This is, as described, a musical, not an opera, sung in popular style; thoroughly enjoyable if you like Broadway shows, Bernstein or Weill - even Lloyd Webber. A love story set against the turbulent Europe of the 20th Century, the piece consists of set piece arias and ensembles, polished and slickly produced, as is the recording, which is presented in 'original cast recording' style. No libretto apart from the text of a 'popular' song which is an important element of the story. Soloists, Choir and Orchestra of Lahti City Theatre; Martti Peippo.