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Flux Flummoxed: New American Music for Violin and Piano / Benjamin Sung, violin; Jihye Chang, piano

Album Summary

>Johnson, Derek [Producer] : Fragments, for violin & piano
>Hughes, Curtis K. : Insult to Injury, for violin & piano
>Gentry, Christian A. : Flux Flummoxed, for violin & piano
>Shepherd, Sean : Dust, for violin & piano
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Enterprising collaborators Benjamin Sung and Jihye Chang offer a program of new American music for violin and piano. The earliest work on the recording, Derek Johnson's fragments was written in 2002 and revised between 2003 and 2005, while the most recent work, Christian A. Genry's Flux Flummoxed was written in 2009 as a commission for Sung and Chang. Sean Shepherd's Dust is dedicated to the performers who gave the world premiere performance. Benjamin Sung is on the faculty at Florida State University and the Brevard Music Center. A graduate of Eastman and Indiana University, he is the recipient of numerous awards and performs as a concerto soloist, recitalist and chamber musician across the U.S., in Korea and in Brazil. A graduate of Indiana University, Jihye Chang enjoys an active performing and teaching career, appearing in venues in the U.S., Canada, Central America, Korea and France. She was the first winner of the Mikhashoff International Competition for Pianist-Composer Collaboration in 2008.

American Record Guide, November/December 2013
Benjamin Sung and Jihye Chang tackle difficult new works for violin and piano. I, 'Entropy March', continually attempts to reach toward a specific state, with the piano repeating ascending motives. Insult to Injury, by Curtis K Hughes, is aggressive and, in I, quite percussive. This small bit of musical storytelling is executed extremely well and stayed with me through the remainder of the piece, coloring my experience with the programmatic element.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Christiansen Recital Hall, Concordia College, Moorhead, (11/25/2010-11/28/2010).



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Works Details

>Johnson, Derek [Producer] : Fragments, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Benjamin Sung (Violin); Jihye Chang (Piano)
  • Notes: Christiansen Recital Hall, Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota (11/25/2010-11/28/2010)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002-2003

>Hughes, Curtis K. : Insult to Injury, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Benjamin Sung (Violin); Jihye Chang (Piano)
  • Notes: Christiansen Recital Hall, Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota (11/25/2010-11/28/2010)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002-2003

>Gentry, Christian A. : Flux Flummoxed, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Benjamin Sung (Violin); Jihye Chang (Piano)
  • Notes: Christiansen Recital Hall, Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota (11/25/2010-11/28/2010)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2009

>Shepherd, Sean : Dust, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Benjamin Sung (Violin); Jihye Chang (Piano)
  • Notes: Christiansen Recital Hall, Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota (11/25/2010-11/28/2010)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008-2009