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Journey

Audio Samples

>Malo, Nuno : Amalia
>     Lament (Main Theme)
>Chopin, Frédéric : Introduction and Polonaise for Cello and Piano in C major, Op. 3
>Piazzolla, Astor : Le Grand Tango
>Guo, Tina : Winter Star, for cello & electronics
>Guo, Tina : Winter Starlight, for cello, voice & electronics
>Guo, Tina : The Awakening, for cello & electronics
>Guo, Tina : Lacrimosa, for cello & electronics
>Guo, Tina : Sunlight, for cello, voice & electronics
>Guo, Tina : The Journey Home, for cello & electronics
>Guo, Tina : Forbidden City, for electric cello & ensemble
>Guo, Tina : Queen Bee, for electric cello, electric guitar, electric bass & percussion (after Rimsky-Korsakov)

Album Summary

>Malo, Nuno : Amalia
>Chopin, Frédéric : Introduction and Polonaise for Cello and Piano in C major, Op. 3
>Piazzolla, Astor : Le Grand Tango
>Guo, Tina : Winter Star, for cello & electronics
>Guo, Tina : Winter Starlight, for cello, voice & electronics
>Guo, Tina : The Awakening, for cello & electronics
>Guo, Tina : Lacrimosa, for cello & electronics
>Guo, Tina : Sunlight, for cello, voice & electronics
>Guo, Tina : The Journey Home, for cello & electronics
>Guo, Tina : Forbidden City, for electric cello & ensemble
>Guo, Tina : Queen Bee, for electric cello, electric guitar, electric bass & percussion (after Rimsky-Korsakov)
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Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Baraka Studios; Central Command Studios; Singapore.

Tina Guo's 2011 release, The Journey, is a crossover album of a few familiar classical selections and a majority of original pieces by the cellist herself. The Introduction and Polonaise Brillante by Frédéric Chopin, Le grand tango by Astor Piazzolla, and the Flight of the Bumblebee by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (retitled and rearranged here as an electrified rock version, Queen Bee) are the most immediately recognizable, and Guo's performances are flexible and free, in keeping with her dynamic and changeable persona. But the lion's share of the program is devoted to her own music, and the tracks Winter Star (with an alternate arrangement, Winter Starlight), The Awakening, Lacrimosa, Sunlight, The Journey Home, and Forbidden City all have lavish production and an expansive, nearly cosmic feeling, merging elements of classical, adult contemporary, and world music into tableaux that set dreamy moods, rather than focus on Guo's technique. Washes and sprays of sound blend with ethereal choirs and synthesizers to produce atmospheric, new age backdrops for Guo's plaintive melodies, and the bombastic drama of the heavy Forbidden City and brazenly metallic Queen Bee might seem like a throwback to the glory days of progressive rock. In any event, this album is not intended for classical purists but a broader audience, and if playing with a wide range of styles is a risk, it is a calculated one that may pay off for this chameleon-like cellist. ~Blair Sanderson



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Works Details

>Malo, Nuno : Amalia :: Lament (Main Theme)
  • Performer: Tina Guo (Cello)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Film Score

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Introduction and Polonaise for Cello and Piano in C major, Op. 3
  • Performers: Tina Guo (Cello); Christine Utomo (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1829-1830

>Piazzolla, Astor : Le Grand Tango
  • Performers: Tina Guo (Cello); Christine Utomo (Piano)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: ?1982

>Guo, Tina : Winter Star, for cello & electronics
  • Performer: Tina Guo (Cello)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Guo, Tina : Winter Starlight, for cello, voice & electronics
  • Performer: Tina Guo (Cello)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Guo, Tina : The Awakening, for cello & electronics
  • Performer: Tina Guo (Cello)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Guo, Tina : Lacrimosa, for cello & electronics
  • Performer: Tina Guo (Cello)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Guo, Tina : Sunlight, for cello, voice & electronics
  • Performer: Tina Guo (Cello)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Guo, Tina : The Journey Home, for cello & electronics
  • Performer: Tina Guo (Cello)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Guo, Tina : Forbidden City, for electric cello & ensemble
  • Performers: Jamison Boaz (Programming); Jamison Boaz (Guitar); Tina Guo (Electric Cello); Jason Miller (Guitar); Tina Guo (Cello); Tina Guo (Erhu)
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Jason Charles Miller.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Guo, Tina : Queen Bee, for electric cello, electric guitar, electric bass & percussion (after Rimsky-Korsakov)
  • Performers: Tina Guo (MIDI); Tina Guo (Drum Programming); Thomas Dicandia (Guitar); Glen Sobel (Drums); Tina Guo (Electric Cello)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary