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A Tribute to Chou Wen-chung

Album Summary

>Wen-Chung, Chou : Windswept Peaks, for violin, cello, clarinet & piano
>Yun, Isang : Piri for solo oboe (or clarinet)
>Yuasa, Joji : Projection, for violin, viola & cello
>Ung, Chinary : Grand Alap (A Window in the Sky), for voices, cello & percussion
>Varèse, Edgard : Intégrales, for 11 winds & 4 percussionists
>Kim, Hi Kyung : Trio, Sori, for daegeum, clarinet & cello
>Sheng, Bright : Movements (4), for piano trio
>Long, Zhou : Dhyana, for flute, clarinet, violin, cello & piano
>Ortiz, Pablo : Hipermilonga
>Campion, Edmund : Melt me so with thy delicious numbers..., for viola & electronics
>Tenney, James : Harmonium no 5, for violin, viola & cello
>Yi, Chen : Qi, for flute, cello, piano & percussion
Performers Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The two programs on this double CD were presented at the Pacific Rim Music Festival in 2003. They were offered as part of the Festival's tribute to Chou Wen-chung in honor of his 80th birthday. What brought these works together is their relationship to Chou Wen-chung. Some were students; some associates and in the case of Varese, Chou's teacher.

"In future histories of music from the second half of the 20th century, Chou Wen-Chung (b. 1923) will have an important place as a "bridge" between cultures in an increasingly globalized world... This disc is the record of a pair of concerts from the 2003 Pacific Rim Festival at the University of California, Santa Cruz, directed by Hi Kyung Kim. They honor Chou on his 80th birthday with programs linking him to Varese, noted friend-colleagues, and former students. All but the works by Chou, Yun, and Kim are live performances; the performance quality is excellent, and the concert noise minimal... Chou actually helped something important, even miraculous happen. By taking on the "cleansing" practice of Modernism, he gave young composers (especially Asian) a tool to approach their heritage with an objectivity that made for fresh and bracing music, weighted down neither with needless nostalgia nor a "colonial" legacy. This release clearly demonstrates that admirable accomplishment." - Robert Carl, Fanfare



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Works Details

>Wen-Chung, Chou : Windswept Peaks, for violin, cello, clarinet & piano
  • Ensemble: Parallele Ensemble
  • Running Time: 18 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1990

>Yun, Isang : Piri for solo oboe (or clarinet)
  • Performer: John Sackett (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1971

>Yuasa, Joji : Projection, for violin, viola & cello
  • Ensemble: Parallele Ensemble
  • Running Time: 9 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2001

>Ung, Chinary : Grand Alap (A Window in the Sky), for voices, cello & percussion
  • Ensemble: Parallele Ensemble
  • Running Time: 19 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1996

>Varèse, Edgard : Intégrales, for 11 winds & 4 percussionists
  • Ensemble: San Francisco Conservatory New Music Ensemble
  • Running Time: 11 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1924-1925

>Kim, Hi Kyung : Trio, Sori, for daegeum, clarinet & cello
  • Ensemble: Parallele Ensemble
  • Running Time: 11 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002

>Sheng, Bright : Movements (4), for piano trio
  • Ensemble: Empyrean Ensemble
  • Running Time: 11 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1990

>Long, Zhou : Dhyana, for flute, clarinet, violin, cello & piano
  • Ensemble: Empyrean Ensemble
  • Running Time: 9 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1989-1990

>Ortiz, Pablo : Hipermilonga
  • Ensemble: Empyrean Ensemble
  • Running Time: 11 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Campion, Edmund : Melt me so with thy delicious numbers..., for viola & electronics
  • Performer: Ellen Rose (Viola)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002

>Tenney, James : Harmonium no 5, for violin, viola & cello
  • Ensemble: Empyrean Ensemble
  • Running Time: 7 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1978

>Yi, Chen : Qi, for flute, cello, piano & percussion
  • Ensemble: Empyrean Ensemble
  • Running Time: 10 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1996-1997