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Antiphony

Album Summary

>Guowei, Wang : Songs, for Huqin & saxophone quartet
>Long, Zhou : Antiphony for Erhu, Daruan, percussion & saxophone quartet
>Liang, Lei : Yuan, for 4 saxophones
>Yi, Chen : Septet for erhu, pipa, percussion & saxophone quartet
>Tan Dun : Shuang Que, for erhu & yangquin
>Yen, Ming-Hsiu : Chinatown for Yangquin, pipa, percussion & saxophone quartet
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Notes & Reviews:

Since the Renaissance, 'antiphony' normally refers to performers separated in space, tossing musical phrases back and forth to dramatic effect. Rarely does it connote a gap between distant continents and musical languages. In this new recording, music and musicians from China, New York and Philly coalesce in one of the most unexpected collaborations the global village has yet produced. In Antiphony, Music from China - a New York-based, world-class ensemble of adventurous virtuosos on traditional Chinese instruments (think Erhu, Pipa, bendy strings and fighting percussion) - encounters its sonic antithesis: the pure, brassy, reedy, oh-so-Western saxophone. Not just one, but four of them. In the hands of the daring New-York-and-Philly-based PRISM Quartet, though, the musical conversations are anything but stilted first dates.



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Works Details

>Guowei, Wang : Songs, for Huqin & saxophone quartet
  • Performers: Wang Guowei (Banhu); Wang Guowei (Erhu)
  • Ensemble: Prism Quartet (Saxophone Quartet)
  • Notes: Peter Karl Studio, Brooklyn, NY (03/02/2009-03/03/2009)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 58 sec.
  • Written: 2009

>Long, Zhou : Antiphony for Erhu, Daruan, percussion & saxophone quartet
  • Performers: Frank Cassara (Percussion); Wang Guowei (Erhu)
  • Ensemble: Prism Quartet (Saxophone Quartet)
  • Notes: Peter Karl Studio, Brooklyn, NY (03/02/2009-03/03/2009)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008

>Liang, Lei : Yuan, for 4 saxophones
  • Ensemble: Prism Quartet (Saxophone Quartet)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2008

>Yi, Chen : Septet for erhu, pipa, percussion & saxophone quartet
  • Performers: Frank Cassara (Percussion); Wang Guowei (Erhu); Sun Li (Pipa)
  • Ensemble: Prism Quartet (Saxophone Quartet)
  • Notes: Peter Karl Studio, Brooklyn, NY (03/02/2009-03/03/2009)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2008

>Tan Dun : Shuang Que, for erhu & yangquin
  • Performer: Wang Guowei (Erhu)
  • Notes: Peter Karl Studio, Brooklyn, NY (03/02/2009-03/03/2009)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1984

>Yen, Ming-Hsiu : Chinatown for Yangquin, pipa, percussion & saxophone quartet
  • Performers: Frank Cassara (Percussion); Sun Li (Pipa)
  • Ensemble: Prism Quartet (Saxophone Quartet)
  • Notes: Peter Karl Studio, Brooklyn, NY (03/02/2009-03/03/2009)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008