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Gubaidulina: Musical Toys; Unsuk Chin: Six Piano Etudes; Ligeti: Musica Ricercata / Mei Yi Foo, piano

Album Summary

>Gubaidulina, Sofia : Musical Toys
>Chin, Unsuk : Etudes (6), for piano
>Ligeti, György : Musica ricercata (11) for Piano
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Odradek's third disc features Malaysian pianist Mei Yi Foo's world premiere recording of Unsuk Chin's extremely virtuosic Piano Études, which take up and develop on the legacy of Ligeti's. Following the artist's recommendation, the listener is invited to create their own playlist, and playfully intersperse these among the other "musical toys" on the album, including Ligeti's Musica Ricercata and Gubaidulina's Musical Toys.

American Record Guide, July/August 2013
This curious and imaginative album explores in three contemporary piano composers. Musical Toys, the title for the Gubaidulina set and for the album. The mysterious, colorful etudes by Unsuk Chin are world premiere recordings; the Ligeti and Gubaidulina works are not widely known either, so the repertory is fresh. Childlike qualities in these fascinating pieces are balanced with adult sophistication. Pianist Mei Yi Foo plays with a disarmingly light touch and a sense of whimsy that is perfect for this repertory. Paradoxically, it takes great sophistication and intelligence to pull this off. A delightful surprise.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Studio Odradek (12/2011).


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Works Details

>Gubaidulina, Sofia : Musical Toys
  • Performer: Mei Foo (Piano)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1969

>Chin, Unsuk : Études (6), for piano
  • Performer: Mei Foo (Piano)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1995-2003

>György Ligeti (Composer) (1923 - 2006) : Musica ricercata (11) for Piano
  • Performer: Mei Foo (Piano)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1951-1953