Helen Kearns sings Stravinsky

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Ireland's Helen Kearns performs Chanson du Rossignol from Stravinsky's Le Rossignol, in concert five of the 2009 competition.

The nightingale, singing in the forests of China, enchants everyone who hears her. The Emperor's courtiers persuade the nightingale to come to court to sing for the Emperor, and she sings to him about gardens in the moonlight. When the Emperor offers the bird the Order of the Golden Slipper, she refuses, saying the tear which her singing has brought to the Emperor's eye is reward enough.


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