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David R Dunsmore
MusicWeb International, November 2014

The Song and Dance of Tears…could be described as a concerto for orchestra and is melodic and atmospheric. Various themes evolve and there is strong instrumental colour. There is a real sense of emotion through the work, particularly a lament for lost youth at the end. This music is based more on impressions than direct illustration of the journey and with some use of local folk songs.

The Blazing Mirage is inspired by the Dunhuang Caves…[and] this could be described as an oriental Cello concerto. Of all the concertante instruments my favourite is the cello and Sheng has given the player great colours to produce. The interplay between Trey Lee and the orchestra is exciting and melodic and brings this successful CD to a splendid conclusion.

A successful combination of Chinese melodies and the classical tradition. This deserves to achieve wide recognition. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Allen Gimbel
American Record Guide, September 2014

Performances are excellent. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

James Manheim, May 2014

The entire program is absorbing and readily grasped, and it represents a strong outing for a composer who deserves to be known better. © 2014 Read complete review

Remy Franck
Pizzicato, May 2014

Bright Sheng is simply the best living composer when it comes to combine Chinese and Western music into a newly created personal language. He does not write, like other Asian composers, a basically Western music with Chinese ornaments, he really creates something new! Three major works in outstanding performances are here to prove this irrefutably. © 2014 Pizzicato

Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, April 2014

Each of the three works has its own special quality but together they show a composer of a thoroughly modern cast who nonetheless incorporates something of his heritage. The result is a music of today that has both local and international thrust.

These are works to experience in depth. There is a sure-handed orchestral flair to them and the solo parts do all they should to expand the colors and melodic movement of the works. And the performances are very good indeed.

Bright Sheng gives us formidable music on this disk. By evidence of these works we need to be hearing more of him! Very much recommended. © 2014 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review

Ettore Garzia
Percorsi Musicali, March 2014

…Sheng features three orchestral compositions that move in the same perspective, namely to drag you into a stylistic and geographical whirlwind, without any physical and consequential movement. The romantic strings with Mahler’s charismatic smell go together with the eclectic orchestral mouvement of some twentieth century American composers…as well as oriental traditional instruments guide us on Silk Road or in the most arid China’s areas where we can also feel the trembling of Shostakovich…

“The dance and song of tears”…and “Colors of crimson”…are among the best and immediate compositions of the Chinese composer. © 2014 Percorsi Musicali Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, March 2014

Composition studies concluding with Leonard Bernstein, the Shanghai-born, Bright Sheng, combines the sounds of his birthplace with those of Western-style musicThe Song and Dance of Tears…takes its name from a folk song in which the old man laments the passing of his youth, and here Sheng introduces the pipa, a Chinese traditional instrument from the lute family, to play an important role in an orchestra of the Western world. Colours of Crimson dates from 2004 and is scored for marimba and orchestra, the solo part created for the Scottish percussionist, Evelyn Glennie, the soloist painting pictures in delicate colours, and comes in stark contrast with the following track, The Blazing Mirage. Completed in 2012 it drew its title from an ancient legend that a Buddhist monk had a vision of a thousand Buddhas glittering in golden lights. Whatever the inspiration it calls for a remarkable cellist, the soloist in the world premiere, Trey Lee, providing the full array of technical brilliance. As the Hong Kong orchestra is conducted by the composer, we can take these as benchmark performances. The sound quality is very good, and I much commend it to you. © 2014 David’s Review Corner

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