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SHENG, Bright: Spring Dreams / 3 Fantasies / Tibetan Dance (Cho-liang Lin, Singapore Chinese Orchestra, Tsung Yeh, A.-M. Schub, E. Svoboda, B. Sheng)

Composer(s):Sheng, Bright
Artist(s)
Period(s) Contemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber MusicConcertos
Catalogue 8.570601
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
MP3
USD 6.99
 

 


Chinese-American composer Bright Sheng acknowledges no aesthetic borders, weaving together haunting melodies and sonorities from sources as diverse as Chinese, Kazakhstani and Tibetan music, or even his own dreams, like silken threads into shimmering brocades of sound. His love of song and dance, blending Asian and Western instrumental textures, imbues his music with a fascinating, highly personal cultural counterpoint that has won him immense popularity, critical acclaim and an enviable reputation as an ever-fresh voice in cross-cultural music.


   




Review By David Denton,Naxos,January 2009

Born in Shanghai in 1955, Bright Sheng has lived much of his mature life in the United States, the final part of his education taken up in private study with Leonard Bernstein. Though banished to a distant rural location during China’s Cultural Revolution, Sheng was able to continue playing the piano and could assimilate folk music and the use of traditional Chinese instruments. The two cultures have now combined in an impressive catalogue of compositions, North American orchestras providing high profile premieres. Commissioned by New York’s Carnegie Hall, Spring Dreams dates from 1997 and was originally written for solo cello and Chinese Instruments. A new commission from the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra two years later saw the work reshaped with

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