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Vivian Fung: Dreamscapes; Piano Concerto; Violin Concerto; Glimpses / Kristin Lee, violin; Conor Hanick, piano

> Violin Concerto - Violin Concerto
> Glimpses - I. Kotekan
> Glimpses - II. Show
> Glimpses - III. Chant
> Piano Concerto, "Dreamscapes" - Piano Concerto, "Dreamscapes"

Album Summary

>Fung, Vivian : Concerto for Violin
>Fung, Vivian : Glimpses, for prepared piano
>Fung, Vivian : Concerto for Piano "Dreamscapes"
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Vivian Fung's work is influenced by Asian sources such as Balinese gamelan music. Violin Concerto soloist Kristin Lee's shared experience of Bali with the composer resulted in an intensely lyrical and virtuoso work in which West and East collide to create music of remarkably fresh sophistication. Fung draws on John Cage's 'prepared' piano techniques to create often eerie and otherworldly effects in Glimpses, ideas from which expand into the Piano Concerto. Subtitled 'Dreamscapes', this work explores contrasts ranging from hauntingly sustained calm to moments of brutal power.

American Record Guide, January/February 2013
Glimpses is the most exotic, eerie, and seemingly out-there of these works, yet its prepared piano (with clothes pins, sticky paper, porcelin bowls, and other paraphernalia) is a skillful homage to John Cage's experiments from 70 years ago. The avant-garde has become mainstream. Conor Hanick, the extravagant, colorful pianist, is also soloist in the Piano Concerto, from 2009. This engaging work, similar in structure to the Violin Concerto, is a one-movement series of vignettes full of aggressive virtuoso gestures upstaged by the dreamlike sections that open and close the piece. At the end, everyone in the orchestra picks up a wine glass and rubs the rim, producing a strangely lovely sonority - a supremely civilized final gesture.



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Works Details

>Fung, Vivian : Concerto for Violin
  • Performer: Kristin Lee (Violin)
  • Conductor: Andrew Cyr
  • Ensemble: Metropolis Ensemble
  • Notes: Seiji Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood, Lenox MA, USA (09/07/2011/09/08/2011)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2010-2011

>Fung, Vivian : Glimpses, for prepared piano
  • Performer: Conor Hanick (Prepared Piano)
  • Conductor: Andrew Cyr
  • Ensemble: Metropolis Ensemble
  • Running Time: 10 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2006

>Fung, Vivian : Concerto for Piano "Dreamscapes"
  • Performer: Conor Hanick (Prepared Piano)
  • Conductor: Andrew Cyr
  • Ensemble: Metropolis Ensemble
  • Notes: Seiji Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood, Lenox MA, USA (09/07/2011/09/08/2011)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2009