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Marc Rochester
MusicWeb International, June 2020

Gianluca Luisi steers a firm course through these works, none of which, perhaps surprisingly for a composition competition, shows any inclination to experimental or even non-traditional piano playing techniques—and he conveys much of what it seems the various composers wanted to say. © 2020 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Records International, May 2020

All of the works in this program were prize winners in the hotly contested 2018 Huang Zi International Chinese Piano Composition Competition, an event marking the 80th anniversary of the death of this influential composer and educator. Themes explored include the charm and unpredictability of China’s landscape, alongside elements of Chinese musical and theatrical aesthetics. Joint First Prize winners were Emile Naoumoff, whose Celestial Parade describes the composer’s wonderful experiences while in Shanghai, and Zhiliang Zhang, whose Qiao Ling Liu Dan portrays six widely differing ‘Dan’ or female characters in Sichuanese opera. © 2020 Records International

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