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CHIAYU: Journey to the West / Urban Sketches / 12 Signs (Members of the Curtis Institute of Music and Philadelphia Orchestra, The Ciompi Quartet)

    

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CHIAYU: Journey to the West / Urban Sketches / 12 Signs (Members of the Curtis Institute of Music and Philadelphia Orchestra, The Ciompi Quartet)

Chiayu’s evocative music reflects her origins in Taiwan and responses to life in the West, an environment in which her career has been burgeoning with a remarkable number of commissions and awards. Zhi explores counterpoint and Taiwanese rhythmic patterns, the title meaning “to weave or to interlace”, while Huan conjures up sounds from nature. Employing virtuoso non-traditional techniques, the Twelve Signs of the Chinese zodiac portrays a complete cycle of character traits, while Journey to the West depicts an allegorical adventure towards enlightenment. The brilliance of Sparkle was inspired by fireworks and includes special brass-instrument effects, while Urban Sketches takes us on a walk through New York City, with electronic sounds interwoven with those of the musicians.


Hsu, Chiayu

  Urban Sketches
1.   Urban Sketches 00:11:07
  Huan
2.   I. Come here! Come here! (Adagio pensieroso) 00:03:45
3.   II. a soft, little, whispered love song (Dolce cantabile) 00:03:15
4.   III. climbed to the edge and fell (Allegro agitato) 00:03:02
  Journey to the West
5.   I. The Monkey King 00:08:07
6.   II. In the Winter 00:05:37
7.   III. The Journey 00:09:46
  12 Signs
8.   No. 1. Rat 00:01:36
9.   No. 2. Ox 00:01:40
10.   No. 3. Tiger 00:01:52
11.   No. 4. Rabbit 00:01:06
12.   No. 5. Dragon 00:01:19
13.   No. 6. Snake 00:01:19
14.   No. 7. Horse 00:01:16
15.   No. 8. Sheep 00:01:54
16.   No. 9. Monkey 00:01:21
17.   No. 10. Rooster 00:01:05
18.   No. 11. Dog 00:00:54
19.   No. 12. Pig 00:01:57
  Sparkle
20.   Sparkle 00:06:03
  Zhi
21.   I. Andante, misterioso 00:02:22
22.   II. Allegro, parlando con leggerezza 00:01:25
23.   III. Adagio, pensieroso 00:01:55
24.   IV. Allegro, agitato 00:02:34

Total Playing Time: 01:16:17






Composer(s):
Hsu, Chiayu

Ensemble(s):
Ciompi Quartet, The

Artist(s):
Chen, Che-Hung; Cullen, Dana; Fournes, Pierrick; Huebner, Sara; Lee, Hanchien; Morales, Ricardo; Newman, Clancy; Oka, Hirono; Orliac, Coline-Marie; Santero, Brian; Wensley, Diana; Zhu, Natalie

Label: Naxos

Series: American Classics

Genre: Chamber Music; Instrumental

Catalogue No: 8.559713

Barcode: 636943971321

Physical Release: 05/2015

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