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Huang Ruo (b.1976): Music for Solo Instruments, "Red Rain" / Soo Bae, cello; Arash Amini, cello; Emanuele Arciuli, piano; Stephen Buck, piano; Huang Ruo, piano

Album Summary

>Ruo, Huang : Fragments (4) for solo cello
>Ruo, Huang : Red Rain, for piano
>Ruo, Huang : Drama Theater no 2 ("Shifting Shades"), for cello, piano & percussion
>Ruo, Huang : Tree Without Wind, for piano
>Ruo, Huang : Pieces (3), for piano
>Ruo, Huang : Wind Blows, for cello & piano drone
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Notes & Reviews:

Red Rain, a collection of solo instrumental works by Huang Ruo, offers an in-depth portrait of a composer who has made significant marks across all genres of art music. These pieces display a creative and inventive variety of colors, timbres, and musical poetry for single instruments that echo his chamber, orchestral and operatic works. These pieces explore vast, echoing musical spaces: spiky driving rhythmic drama, singing and nostalgic melodies, and everything in between. The solo cello work "Four Fragments" moves through memory, time and space, and Soo Bae makes full use of the cello's expressive range. The title piece "Red Rain," is inspired by the painting on the cover by Jaune Quick-to-see Smith, and Emanuele Arciuli captures the transforming dreaming metamorphosing mood with sensitivity and beauty. Recently awarded First Prize by the prestigious Luxembourg International Composition Prize, Huang Ruo has been cited by the New Yorker as "one of the most intriguing of the new crop of Asian-American composers." His vibrant and inventive musical voice draws equal inspiration from Chinese folk, Western avant-garde, rock, and jazz to create a seamless, organic integration using a compositional technique he calls "dimensionalism."

Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Huang Ruo (piano).

Recording information: Juilliard School Recording Studio (02/2013); Nardó Lecce and Nireo Recording Studio, Italy (02/2013); Sprague Hall at Yale University (02/2013); Juilliard School Recording Studio (04/2006); Nardó Lecce and Nireo Recording Studio, Italy (04/2006); Sprague Hall at Yale University (04/2006); Juilliard School Recording Studio (05/2013); Nardó Lecce and Nireo Recording Studio, Italy (05/2013); Sprague Hall at Yale University (05/2013); Juilliard School Recording Studio (06/2010); Nardó Lecce and Nireo Recording Studio, Italy (06/2010); Sprague Hall at Yale University (06/2010).



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Works Details

>Ruo, Huang : Fragments (4) for solo cello
  • Performer: Soo Bae (Cello)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 03/2006

>Ruo, Huang : Red Rain, for piano
  • Performer: Emanuele Arciuli (Piano)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Ruo, Huang : Drama Theater no 2 ("Shifting Shades"), for cello, piano & percussion
  • Performer: Stephen Buck (Piano)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Ruo, Huang : Tree Without Wind, for piano
  • Performer: Stephen Buck (Piano)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Ruo, Huang : Pieces (3), for piano
  • Performer: Stephen Buck (Piano)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Ruo, Huang : Wind Blows, for cello & piano drone
  • Performers: Arashi Amini (Cello); Huang Ruo (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary