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East Meets West: Clarinet Music by Chinese Composers / Gao Hong, Mei-Chun Chen, Bright Sheng, Chen Yi, Shih-Hui Chen, et al.

Album Summary

>Chen, Mei-Chun : Suite Antigua, for clarinet & piano
>Sheng, Bright : A Tune from Childhood, for solo clarinet
>Sheng, Bright : Little Cabbage, duet for 2 clarinets
>Hong, Gao : Nostalgia, for clarinet, pipa, cello & piano
>Yi, Chen : Chinese Ancient Dances, for clarinet & piano
>Yi, Chen : Monologue (Impression on "The True Story of Ah Q"), for solo clarinet
>Chen, Shih-Hui : Fantasia on the Theme of Plum Blossoms, for clarinet & piano
>Yen, Ming-Hsiu : The Beam of Light, for clarinet
>Yen, Ming-Hsiu : Lego City, for clarinet, violin, cello & piano
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The intersection of Chinese cultural elements with Western art music provides a rich palette of Eastern colors in this first commercial recording of music for clarinet and piano by well-known Chinese composers. The composers on this recording were born in China, but have all studied and worked in the West. Chinese-American clarinetist, Jun Qian, has shared similar experiences with these composers and his performances show a deep understanding of Chinese culture and Western musical ideas. Dr. Qian, now on the faculty at Baylor University is principal clarinet for the Waco Symphony Orchestra. He was a professor of clarinet at St. Olaf College and served as principal clarinet of the Shanghai Philharmonic. Among his many honors, Qian was the featured soloist at the International Performing Arts Festival in Japan in 2004. Qian studied at Baylor University and the Eastman School, where he received his Masters and D.M.A. He is joined on this recording by a former colleague from St. Olaf College, pianist Kent McWilliams, who previously taught at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.

American Record Guide, May/June 2013
As the title of the release suggests, the confluence of both American and Chinese culture is palpable, whether the music is abstract or accessible, and interested clarinetists will find a few gems for the next recital. Qian has nice phrasing, excellent fingers, and alluring soft playing. His collaborators offer much more. McWilliams is a consummate professional, boasting a beautiful touch and superb technique, and he infuses each score with sincerity, colorful dynamics, and expert pedal work. Hong matches her compositional prowess with a delightful performance on the pipa, and both Anderegg and Carter are solid in their supporting roles.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Maud Moon Weyerhauser Studio "M" MPR, St. Paul, MN (01/2012-06/2012).



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Works Details

>Chen, Mei-Chun : Suite Antigua, for clarinet & piano
  • Performers: Jun Qian (Clarinet); Kent McWilliams (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2010

>Sheng, Bright : A Tune from Childhood, for solo clarinet
  • Performer: Jun Qian (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1996

>Sheng, Bright : Little Cabbage, duet for 2 clarinets
  • Performers: Jun Qian (Clarinet); Sara Baumbauer (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2006

>Hong, Gao : Nostalgia, for clarinet, pipa, cello & piano
  • Performers: David Carter (Cello); Gao Hong (Pipa); Jun Qian (Clarinet); Kent McWilliams (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2012

>Yi, Chen : Chinese Ancient Dances, for clarinet & piano
  • Performers: Jun Qian (Clarinet); Kent McWilliams (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2004

>Yi, Chen : Monologue (Impression on "The True Story of Ah Q"), for solo clarinet
  • Performer: Jun Qian (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1993

>Chen, Shih-Hui : Fantasia on the Theme of Plum Blossoms, for clarinet & piano
  • Performers: Jun Qian (Clarinet); Kent McWilliams (Piano)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2004

>Yen, Ming-Hsiu : The Beam of Light, for clarinet
  • Performer: Jun Qian (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2006

>Yen, Ming-Hsiu : Lego City, for clarinet, violin, cello & piano
  • Performers: David Carter (Cello); Francesca Anderegg (Violin); Jun Qian (Clarinet); Kent McWilliams (Piano)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2011