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New Zealand String Quartet - Asian Music for String Quartet (2012)

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New Zealand String Quartet - Asian Music for String Quartet (2012)

New Zealand String Quartet - Asian Music for String Quartet (2012)
Zhou Long · Chinary Ung · Gao Ping · Tōru Takemitsu · Tan Dun

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Genre: Classical, Chamber Music | Label: Naxos | # 8.572488 | Time: 00:58:07

This programme brings together aesthetic and musical elements of East and West. Zhou Long captures the essence of the Chinese plucked ch’in, and Cambodian aesthetics are preserved in Chinary Ung’s expressive Spiral III. Tan Dun’s Eight Colors combines the exotic timbres of Peking Opera with Second Viennese School tonalities. Gao Ping’s Bright Light and Cloud Shadows has been admired for its ‘long-breathed brush strokes’ (Washington Post). Taking its inspiration from James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake, Toru Takemitsu’s beautifully crafted A Way a Lone evokes a shimmering sound world.

The string quartet has been a popular medium among Asian composers. It can accomplish multiple goals: duplicating the sound of plucked stringed instruments in traditional Asian textures, providing a sort of Western template off of which to bounce Asian modes of expression, and more. This collection of pieces is played by the New Zealand String Quartet, which has had several of them in its repertoire for quite a while; they are confident, sharp performances. While this certainly doesn't exhaust the Asian quartet repertoire, it offers a good start to anyone looking for one, with an attractive variety of pieces. The highlight is Tan Dun's highly dissonant Eight Colors, for which "Second Viennese School tonalities" are promised; it doesn't quite go that far, but it's certainly among the least tonally oriented of this popular composer's works. It combines that atonal language with formal dramatic gestures reminiscent of Chinese opera. Zhou Long's opening Song of the Ch'in deploys the string quartet as a replica of the Chinese ch'in (or qin). Cambodian-American composer Chinary Ung's Spiral III is based on Cambodian motifs but also has a blues tinge, while Gao Ping's Bright Light and Cloud Shadows is a kind of Bartókian meditation on Chinese sounds. The little-heard A Way a Lone of Toru Takemitsu (the title is a quotation from James Joyce) is a fascinating, harmonically rich work that seems to slowly shift textures and to merge multiple perceptions into one. The music here is contemporary, free from stereotyped gesture, full of detail to be absorbed on multiple hearings, yet direct in its appeal. Only over-live church sound detracts from its appeal. A very strong release from the NZSQ.

Review by James Manheim, Allmusic.com

New Zealand String Quartet - Asian Music for String Quartet (2012)



Tracklist:

Zhou Long (born 1953)

01. Song of the Ch'in (09:01)

Chinary Ung (born 1942)

02. Spiral III (10:02)

Gao Ping (born 1970)

03. Bright Light and Cloud Shadows (11:31)

Tōru Takemitsu (1930-1996)

04. A Way a Lone (11:52)

Tan Dun (born 1957)

05. Eight Colors No.1: Peking Opera (01:49)
06. Eight Colors No.2: Shadows (01:09)
07. Eight Colors No.3: Pink Actress (01:44)
08. Eight Colors No.4: Black Dance (01:48)
09. Eight Colors No.5: Zen (03:46)
10. Eight Colors No.6: Drum and Gong (00:57)
11. Eight Colors No.7: Cloudiness (02:37)
12. Eight Colors No.8: Red Sona (01:45)


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New Zealand String Quartet - Asian Music for String Quartet (2012)

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