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Sheng: The Phoenix, Red Silk Dance, etc / Schwarz, Sheng, Hill, Seattle SO

Album Summary

>Sheng, Bright : Red Silk Dance, for piano & orchestra
>Sheng, Bright : Tibetian Swing, for orchestra
>Sheng, Bright : The Phoenix, for voice & orchestra
>Sheng, Bright : H'un (Lacerations)
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

'The Phoenix', co-commissioned by the Seattle Symphony and Danish National Symphony Orchestra, was inspired by a Hans Christian Andersen tale, the mythical bird symbolizing for Chinese-American composer Bright Sheng "the muse of all peoples." Aggressive fervor seeks meditative peace in 'H'un: In memoriam 1966–1976', hailed by 'The New York Times' as "a searing portrait of the Cultural Revolution in Chinadeeply affecting."

"China and chinoiserie. The work of Bright Sheng, a survivor of and refugee from Mao's Cultural Revolution, has usually focused on the synthesis of Chinese or Tibetan culture with that of Europe. Possessed of a tremendous talent that sometimes crosses over into brilliance, he is also terrifically uneven. Unlike his fellow expatriate Tan Dun, he has a sharp dramatic sense, an instinct for sure progression and climax. I would almost call him the Chinese Leonard Bernstein, in regard to his compositions. He has a feel for the vitality of "low" material and a love of strong rhythm and orchestral color. This music doesn't try to get you to blend your consciousness with placid surroundings. It wants you to feel...Schwarz and his Seattlonians do their usual good work. Everything is clear. The loud parts have a great deal of energy...Overall, one of the best releases in Naxos's Sheng mini-series." - ClassicalCDReview.com



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Works Details

>Sheng, Bright : Red Silk Dance, for piano & orchestra
  • Performer: Bright Sheng (Piano)
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Ensemble: Seattle Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 15 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1999

>Sheng, Bright : Tibetian Swing, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Ensemble: Seattle Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium, Benaroya Hall, Seattle, WA (09/07/2004-09/08/2004)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002

>Sheng, Bright : The Phoenix, for voice & orchestra
  • Performer: Shana Hill (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Ensemble: Seattle Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium, Benaroya Hall, Seattle, WA (06/13/2007-06/15/2007)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2004

>Sheng, Bright : H'un (Lacerations) :: In Memoriam 1966 - 76 for orchestra
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Ensemble: Seattle Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium, Benaroya Hall, Seattle, WA (02/28/2006/03/02/2006)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1987