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Laurence Vittes
Gramophone, October 2015

The most purely beautiful is Huan, played with exquisite grace by Coline-Marie Orliac. …the audiophile recordings reveal in every bar Chiayu’s wide palette of colours. © 2015 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

David Denton
David's Review Corner, May 2015

Born in Taiwan in 1975, but studied in Canada and the US, Chiayu’s teachers were a distinguished list, and since then her compositions have won many major awards. A modernist in her general mode of writing, a surprising degree of tonality is still a major component among electronics, pre-recorded tapes and distorted sounds. Yet whether it is the use of conventional instruments or electronics, the sonorities she creates are riveting, none more so than in the opening track, Urban Sketches, an eleven minute picture of the multi-cultural society in the urban sectors of major American cities. With just the harp to work with, Huan, is a trio of pastel pictures of rural Taiwan and the sounds you can experience there, both real and imagined. There is a detailed programme to Journey to the West written in 2010, though I can commend it simply as one of the most intrinsically beautiful String Quartets I have heard in this new century. ln a conventional three-movement format, the shimmering textures are here offered by the fine American-based Ciompi Quartet. Twelve Signs is scored for solo viola, and refers to the twelve signs of the Chinese Zodiac. If I admire Chiayu’s resourcefulness in the use of the instrument to very diverse signs, she does require considerable virtuosity, Che-Hung Chen produces a vast array of tonal shades. A brass group depict fireworks in Sparkle, the disc ending with Zhi, a short piece in four sections and in atonal mode for violin and piano duo… Recorded at different times and locations, it is very good throughout. © 2015 David’s Review Corner

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