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Huang Ruo: To The Four Corners / Min Xiao-Fen

Album Summary

>Ruo, Huang : Drama Theater no 2 ("Shifting Shades"), for cello, piano & percussion
>Ruo, Huang : Drama Theater no 3 ("Written on the Wind"), for pipa & voice
>Ruo, Huang : Drama Theater no 4 ("To The Four Corners"), for flute, clarinet, violin, viola & percussion
>Ruo, Huang : Quartet for Strings no 1 ("The Three Tenses")
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The release by Naxos of Huang Ruo's 'Chamber Concertos Nos. 1–4' was hailed as "a bold debut" (Gramophone) which "shows a major compositional voice emerging" (The Juilliard Journal Online). This disc, also conducted by the composer, presents three of his 'Drama Theaters' for various combinations of Eastern and Western instruments - including 18 beer bottles - the elusive subtitle of each strikingly suggesting a musical/cultural/philosophical idea. Similarly, 'The Three Tenses' explores a paradoxically integrated notion of time, where past, present and future create "a seamless entity called timelessness". Huang Ruo won the 2008 International Composition Prize of the Luxembourg Society for Contemporary Music and has been cited by the 'New Yorker' as "one of the most intriguing of the new crop of Asian-American composers."

"This music demands great patience and attentive listening, but once you get used to the unique style of this composer, it is a rich and rewarding experience...Everything about this performance is commendable, from the playing to the sound engineering that brings it to vibrant, dramatic life. The final work on the disc, a 16-minute string quartet, is also extraordinary. I hope more quartets tackle it and it starts to appear on programs around the world. I look forward to hearing more from this gifted composer." - American Record Guide



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Works Details

>Ruo, Huang : Drama Theater no 2 ("Shifting Shades"), for cello, piano & percussion
  • Performers: Stephen Buck (Piano); David Stevens (Percussion); Charles Tyler (Cello)
  • Conductor: Huang Ruo
  • Notes: Juilliard School Recording Studio (12/01/2008/12/19/2008)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Ruo, Huang : Drama Theater no 3 ("Written on the Wind"), for pipa & voice
  • Performer: Min Fen (Pipa)
  • Notes: Juilliard School Recording Studio (12/01/2008/12/19/2008)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Ruo, Huang : Drama Theater no 4 ("To The Four Corners"), for flute, clarinet, violin, viola & percussion
  • Conductor: Huang Ruo
  • Ensemble: Future In REverse (FIRE)
  • Notes: Juilliard School Recording Studio (12/01/2008/12/19/2008)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Ruo, Huang : Quartet for Strings no 1 ("The Three Tenses")
  • Conductor: Huang Ruo
  • Ensemble: Future In REverse (FIRE)
  • Notes: Juilliard School Recording Studio (12/01/2008/12/19/2008)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary