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Unsuk Chin (b.1961): 3 Concertos - for Piano, Cello and Su for sheng & orchestra / Alban Gerhardt, cello; Sunwook Kim, piano; Wu Wei

Album Summary

>Chin, Unsuk : Piano Concerto
>Chin, Unsuk : Concerto for Cello
>Chin, Unsuk : Su, for sheng & orchestra
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Solo concertos are important milestones in Unsuk Chin's development as a creative artist: in each of them, the solo instrument's possibilities are explored in terms of its sonorities and of the performer's virtuosity and re-examined in a new light.

Each of the three solo instruments featured in the present release have certain historic and acoustic properties that affect the way in which it works in harmony or in conflict with the orchestra.

The one and only! This is a world premier recording of Unsuk Chin concertos with Myung-Whun Chung and the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra.

Receiving critical acclaim for her opera Alice in Wonderland and other works, Unsuk Chin is currently the composer-in-residence for the SPO, promoting contemporary music to listeners.

The new album features soloists Alban Gerhardt for the cello concerto, Sunwook Kim for the piano concerto which is the second collaboration with the SPO after the Beethoven 5th, and Wu Wei for the Sheng concerto.

The Guardian, 13th August 2014
The three works here...show how writing concertos has been a consistent thread through Chin's orchestral output...she wrote [èu] specifically for the Berlin-based sheng-player Wu Wei, and it's his extraordinary virtuosity that allows her to create such original texture.

The Times, 23rd August 2014
The music is nothing if not hyperactive, brilliantly orchestrated and atmospheric too. Try it; you may be pleasantly surprised.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Seoul Arts Center (01/09/2014-01/10/2014); SPO Recording Studio (01/09/2014-01/10/2014); Seoul Arts Center (01/13/2014-01/18/2014); SPO Recording Studio (01/13/2014-01/18/2014).



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Works Details

>Chin, Unsuk : Piano Concerto
  • Performer: Sun-Wook Kim (Piano)
  • Conductor: Myung-Whun Chung
  • Ensemble: Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: SPO Recording Studio (01/13/2014-01/18/2014)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1996-1997

>Chin, Unsuk : Concerto for Cello
  • Performer: Alban Gerhardt (Cello)
  • Conductor: Myung-Whun Chung
  • Notes: SPO Recording Studio (01/13/2014-01/18/2014)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2008-2009

>Chin, Unsuk : Su, for sheng & orchestra
  • Performers: Alban Gerhardt (Cello); Sun-Wook Kim (Piano); Wu Wei (Sheng)
  • Conductor: Myung-Whun Chung
  • Notes: Seoul Arts Center (01/09/2014-01/10/2014)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2009
  • Studio/Live: Live