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Asian Music for String Quartet - TAN, Dun / TAKEMITSU, Toru / GAO, Ping / UNG, Chinary / ZHOU, Long (New Zealand String Quartet)

Composer(s):
Artist(s) New Zealand String Quartet, Ensemble
Period(s) 20th CenturyContemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber Music
Catalogue 8.572488
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
MP3
USD 6.99
 

 


This programme brings together aesthetic and musical elements of East and West. Zhou Long captures the essence of the Chinese plucked ch’in, and Cambodian aesthetics are preserved in Chinary Ung’s expressive Spiral III. Tan Dun’s Eight Colors combines the exotic timbres of Peking Opera with Second Viennese School tonalities. Gao Ping’s Bright Light and Cloud Shadows has been admired for its ‘long-breathed brush strokes’ (Washington Post). Taking its inspiration from James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake, Toru Takemitsu’s beautifully crafted A Way a Lone evokes a shimmering sound world.


   




Review By David Hurwitz,ClassicsToday.com,January 2013

This disc brings together five works by as many highly talented Asian composers…The first three works, Zhou Long’s Song of the Ch’in, Chinary Ung’s Spiral III, and Gao Ping’s Bright Light and Cloud Shadows, come from a similar school of contemporary composition, broadly speaking. You might call it an offshoot of Romantic Nationalism with avant-garde elements, at least to the extent that Asian melodic ideas mingle with imitations of native instruments involving advanced playing techniques. All three works are captivating in their various ways. Takemitsu’s A Way a Lone…exploits the composer’s familiar mix of Debussy and Messiaen with typically evocative results.

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Review By Brian Wilson - Download News 2012/24,MusicWeb International,December 2012

…the performances sound idiomatic, the notes are helpful and the recording is good. © 2012 MusicWeb International Read complete review








 

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