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Asian Music for String Quartet - works by Ahou Long; Chinary Ung; Gao Ping; Toru Takemitsu; Tan Dun / New Zealand Quartet

Audio Samples

>Long, Zhou : Song of the Ch'in, for string quartet
>Ung, Chinary : Spiral III, for string quartet
>Ping, Gao : Bright Light and Cloud Shadows, for string quartet
>Takemitsu, Toru : A Way A Lone, for string quartet
>Tan Dun : Eight Colors, for string quartet

Album Summary

>Long, Zhou : Song of the Ch'in, for string quartet
>Ung, Chinary : Spiral III, for string quartet
>Ping, Gao : Bright Light and Cloud Shadows, for string quartet
>Takemitsu, Toru : A Way A Lone, for string quartet
>Tan Dun : Eight Colors, for string quartet
Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This program brings together aesthetic and musical elements of East and West. Zhou Long captures the essence of the Chinese plucked ch'in, and Cambodian aesthetics are preserved in Chinary Ung's expressive Spiral III. Tan Dun's Eight Colors combines the exotic timbres of Peking Opera with Second Viennese School tonalities. Gao Ping's Bright Light and Cloud Shadows has been admired for its 'long-breathed brush strokes' (Washington Post). Taking its inspiration from James Joyce's Finnegans Wake, Toru Takemitsu's beautifully crafted A Way a Lone evokes a shimmering sound world.

ConcertoNet.com
NZSQ recorded this at St. Anne's Church, Toronto, Canada in the summer 2010 and is well engineered by Norbert Kraft.

MusicWeb International
... the performances sound idiomatic, the notes are helpful and the recording is good.

American Record Guide, May/June 2013
The pieces by Long and Dun are recorded elsewhere, and the Takemitsu is available in a string orchestra transcription. These are effective performances, and the program is nicely unified in style. Dun shows signs of seriality sometimes, as he admits in his notes, and the other four pieces have more of a tonal orientation. This is all music with a fresh atmosphere in a fine recording.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St Anne's Church, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (07/21/2010-07/24/2010).



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Works Details

>Long, Zhou : Song of the Ch'in, for string quartet
  • Ensemble: New Zealand String Quartet
  • Notes: St Anne's Church, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (07/21/2010-07/24/2010)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1982

>Ung, Chinary : Spiral III, for string quartet
  • Notes: St Anne's Church, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (07/21/2010-07/24/2010)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1990

>Ping, Gao : Bright Light and Cloud Shadows, for string quartet
  • Notes: St Anne's Church, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (07/21/2010-07/24/2010)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Takemitsu, Toru : A Way A Lone, for string quartet
  • Notes: St Anne's Church, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (07/21/2010-07/24/2010)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1981

>Tan Dun : Eight Colors, for string quartet
  • Notes: St Anne's Church, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (07/21/2010-07/24/2010)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1986-1988