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James Bash
Northwest Reverb, October 2016

…Susan Chan is solidifying her reputation as the go-to pianist when it comes to the best of East/West music. …[disc] features an intriguing mix of works for solo piano by composers Zhou Long, Doming Lam, Alexina Louie, Tan Dun, and Chen Yi—all of whom shape their music a Western aesthetic. Each piece shines brightly through the playing of Chan, who is a native of Hong Kong and a professor of music at Portland State University, and the CD, which contains three world premieres, leaves listeners with a vivid impression of contemporary China-infused music. © 2016 Northwest Reverb Read complete review

Myron Silberstein
Fanfare, January 2016

Susan Chan plays with tremendous musicianship and technical mastery throughout the recording. Her commitment to this music, to which she alludes in her program note, is audible in every phrase she plays. The disc’s sound quality is impeccable. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review

Colin Clarke
Fanfare, January 2016

Excellent and thought-provoking, this is a necessary purchase for anyone even remotely interested in Chinese composers. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review

Huntley Dent
Fanfare, January 2016

Chan…plays all of this music with assurance and sympathy. …this CD provides an ideal introduction to a rich realm of mostly unknown music. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review

Chang Tou Liang
pianomania, December 2015

There are three World Premiere recordings in this survey of contemporary Chinese piano music by Hong Kong-born pianist Susan Chan… Pianist Chan is a persuasive colourist who brings a wide range of nuances from the keyboard, and this anthology deserves to be heard for its variety. © 2015 pianomania Read complete review

Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, October 2015

Susan Chan’s performances are nicely expressive, pianistic and dramatic or contemplative, depending on the mood of the work. © 2015 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, August 2015

Hong Kong-born, and now living in the United States, Susan Chan has brought together a programme of piano music that recaptures the ‘Echoes of China’. …Chan has devised a most interesting disc opening with Zhou Long’s Pianobells, a work that recreates the Chinese legend of bells that ring without being struck, here depicted by sounds of deep resonating bells and those that tinkle with charming delicacy. From Doming Lam—now almost ninety—his 1964 score, Lamentations of Lady Chiu-Jun, has very plausible imitations of gongs and drums. Starting life as set of teaching pieces in 1982, Louie’s Music for Piano offers four short pieces, each with a descriptive title, and having much in common with Debussy and Ravel in style and sound. Completed three years earlier Tan Dun’s Eight Memories are ‘a diary of longing’ for the experiences in his childhood, each expressed as a short cameo inspired by folk songs. Most are of a happy nature, as in Staccato Beans and Sunrain, but with a morbid aspect in Ancient Burial. We move to Mongolia for Zhou Long’s group of variations completed in 1980, its theme derived from a love song that shapes the tender nature of all that follows. Written two years ago for Susan Chan by the Chinese-born American composer, Chen Yi, Northern Scenes is couched in sounds of atonality and is the one overtly modern piece on the disc. I would like to hear Chan playing Debussy, a composer that would surely appeal to the sensitivity she generates through her fingers. Recorded at the Portland State University in the United States the recorded sound is very good. © 2015 David’s Review Corner

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