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Shih-Hui Chen: 66 Times / Fischer Duo

Album Summary

>Chen, Shih-Hui : 66 Times
>Chen, Shih-Hui : Fu 1, for pipa
>Chen, Shih-Hui : Twice Removed, for clarinet
>Chen, Shih-Hui : Fu 2, for pipa & orchestra
>Chen, Shih-Hui : Shui
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The art-composer of today faces many challenges. On the one hand, one is tempted to create music that embraces a diversity of styles. On the other hand, one hopes to develop a personal language that would reflect one's artistic orientation and at the same time communicate effectively with the audience. This issue is of particular relevance to composers who grew up in non-Western cultures. Their music, to some extent, manifests their struggle to mediate between Western music and music of their own culture. Shih-Hui Chen is one example. Having grown up in Taiwan and having her basic musical training there, her works have been influenced by traditional Chinese as well as Western concert music. The five works featured on this CD cover a broad span of time (1999-2003), and reflect a developing aesthetic. This music summarizes Chen's development and comes out of a desire to create works that assimilate her Chinese heritage and her training in Western art music.



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Works Details

>Chen, Shih-Hui : 66 Times :: The Voice of Pines & Cedars, for soprano & orchestra
  • Performer: Elisabeth Weigle (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Gil Rose
  • Notes: Sonic Temple Studio, Roslindale, MA (10/26/1999-10/27/1999)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Chen, Shih-Hui : Fu 1, for pipa
  • Performer: Wu Man (Pipa)
  • Notes: Sonic Temple Studio, Roslindale, MA (10/26/1999-10/27/1999)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Chen, Shih-Hui : Twice Removed, for clarinet
  • Performer: Min-Ho Yeh (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Chen, Shih-Hui : Fu 2, for pipa & orchestra
  • Performer: Wu Man (Pipa)
  • Conductor: Gil Rose
  • Notes: Sonic Temple Studio, Roslindale, MA (10/26/1999-10/27/1999)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Chen, Shih-Hui : Shui
  • Performers: Norman Fischer (Cello); Jeanne Kierman (Piano)
  • Ensemble: Fischer Duo
  • Running Time: 12 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary