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Du Ming-Xin (b.1928): Ten Xinjang Dances for violin & orchestra / Takako Nishizaki, violin; Singapore SO, Hoey

Album Summary

>Ming-Xin, Du : Xinjiang Musical Tour, suite for violin & orchestra
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Ten Xinjiang Dances for violin and orchestra, or A Xinjiang Musical Tour by Chinese composer Du Ming-xin (b. 1928) takes the folk songs and instrumental music widely popular in Xinjiang as its starting material and, retaining the regional characteristics of the originals, enriching its expressive power by means of variation and development, with the violin finding free scope for displaying its melodiousness and various techniques. Founded in 1979, the Singapore Symphony is led on this 1985 recording by Choo Hoey, its first appointed director and conductor, was appointed conductor.

American Record Guide, March/April 2016
This is a re-release of an album recorded in 1985 when the Singapore Symphony, founded by Choo Hoey, was only six years old. The SSO here sounds like a professionally competent regional ensemble with no special luster - a far cry from its world-class status today. The recording is also a vehicle for Takako Nishizaki, the wife of Klaus Heymann, the man who founded first Marco Polo and then Naxos recording companies. She has always struck me as "professionally competent", and doubly so here.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Victoria Memorial Hall, Singapore (06/03/1985-06/07/1985).


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>Ming-Xin, Du : Xinjiang Musical Tour, suite for violin & orchestra
  • Performer: Takako Nishizaki (Violin)
  • Conductor: Choo Hoey
  • Ensemble: Singapore Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Victoria Memorial Hall, Singapore (06/03/1985-06/07/1985)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern