Narong Prangcharoen: Mantras; Whispering; Antahkarana; Vedana et al.

Audio Samples

>Prangcharoen, Narong : Whispering, for clarinet, bass clarinet, piano & percussion
>Prangcharoen, Narong : Between Heaven & Earth, for flute & piano
>Prangcharoen, Narong : Antahkarana, for viola
>Prangcharoen, Narong : Bencharong, for flute, cello & piano
>Prangcharoen, Narong : Verdana, for chamber ensemble
>Prangcharoen, Narong : Mantras, for saxophone & band

Album Summary

>Prangcharoen, Narong : Whispering, for clarinet, bass clarinet, piano & percussion
>Prangcharoen, Narong : Between Heaven & Earth, for flute & piano
>Prangcharoen, Narong : Antahkarana, for viola
>Prangcharoen, Narong : Bencharong, for flute, cello & piano
>Prangcharoen, Narong : Verdana, for chamber ensemble
>Prangcharoen, Narong : Mantras, for saxophone & band
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

In this recording of Thai composer Narong Prangcharoen's chamber music, he explains that "Throughout my life, I have had two basic sources of inspiration, the power of nature and the power of the mind." While most of his compositions have been for orchestra, he uses the same sources of inspiration for his chamber music, but the textures and colors are varied to suit the chamber medium. Prangcharoen has established an international reputation and is recognized as one of Thailand's leading composers. Among many other awards, he has received the American Composers Orchestra Underwood New Music Commission and the Audience Choice Award. His music has been performed in Asia, America, Australia and Europe. He is the founder of the Thailand International Composition Festival and is on the faculty of the Conservatory of Music, University of Missouri in Kansas City.

Fanfare Magazine, September/October 2012
While there is a fair amount of stylistic variety among the works on this recital, each is quite recognizable as a creation of its composer. I am quite captivated by this music, and the disc, superb in every parameter of production, will be a strong contender for my next Want List.

American Record Guide, November/December 2012
The big piece is Mantras for soprano saxophone and orchestra. Bowling Green State University professor John Sampen is an excellent soloist with refined tone and first-rate technical skill. I enjoyed it, but the last note was high, loud, and shrill enough to drive me from the room. Fine playing by the BGSU Wind Symphony, conducted by Bruce Moss.



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Works Details

>Prangcharoen, Narong : Whispering, for clarinet, bass clarinet, piano & percussion
  • Ensemble: newEar Contemporary Chamber Ensemble (Chamber ense
  • Running Time: 10 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Prangcharoen, Narong : Between Heaven & Earth, for flute & piano
  • Performers: Christopher McKiggan (Piano); Jonathan Borja (Flute)
  • Ensemble: Third Angle New Music Ensemble
  • Running Time: 6 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Prangcharoen, Narong : Antahkarana, for viola
  • Performer: Michael Hall (Viola)
  • Conductor: Bruce Moss
  • Ensemble: Bowling Green State University Wind Symphony
  • Running Time: 5 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Prangcharoen, Narong : Bencharong, for flute, cello & piano
  • Performers: Jonathan Borja (Flute); Brendan Kinsella (Piano); Ben Gitter (Cello)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Prangcharoen, Narong : Verdana, for chamber ensemble
  • Ensemble: Third Angle New Music Ensemble
  • Running Time: 7 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Prangcharoen, Narong : Mantras, for saxophone & band
  • Performer: John Sampen (Saxophone)
  • Conductor: Bruce Moss
  • Ensemble: Bowling Green State University Wind Symphony (Wind
  • Running Time: 14 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto