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CHINA Hok-Man Yim: Poems of Thunder - Percussion

Naxos World Music
CHINA Hok-Man Yim: Poems of Thunder - Percussion

Artist(s) Yim, Hok-man, percussion
Genre World
Category World
Catalogue 76002-2
Label Naxos World Music
Quality   320kbps


Review By John Cho,Rootsworld,

This CD contains both percussion-only set pieces and music from other arenas (such as Beijing Opera), where the percussion accompanies a larger orchestra. Despite the title (in Chinese the cover reads "Number One Drum"), the pieces where the drum plays a supporting role outshine the "show-off" numbers. The problem with the percussion-only pieces is that they sound too precise, composed, somewhat sterile. The tasteful studio sound does not help. The more raucous orchestral numbers, especially the final cut, "Triumphal Return of the Fishing Boats," are much more exhilarating.

Review By Kuan Nai-Chung*, (translated from Chinese),Audiophite Magazine,March 1999

"Poems Of Thunder is a recording that undoubtedly reaches a higher level of artistic dexterity in percussion music than most other drumming CDs that are only produced for the sake of showing off mastery in digital recording sound. Whether it is Beijing Opera ('Deep Night'), Xian drum music ('Duck's Quarrel'), or Cantonese music ('A Lion That Has Just Woken'), all the compositions truly express the distinctive artistic personality of Yim Hok-Man, while touching the hearts of loyal music lovers. Mr. Yim exerts his musical power rhythmically, yet with ease and full of emotions. In terms of his technique in playing the drum, he has a master's control in sound and power over his playing's gentleness, intensity, slowness or speed according to his will.



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