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Zhou Long - Rhymes

Orchestras / Ensembles
Catalogue numberBIS-1322 CD
Release date2004-06-28
Orig. sample rate44100Hz
Total time69:52

Klassik Heute 10/10/10; BBC Music Magazine: outstanding.

When BIS released Oriental Landscapes (BIS-CD-1222) with Evelyn Glennie as percussion soloist, several reviewers remarked upon the work Out of Tang Court by Zhou Long (b. 1953). The BBC Music Magazine called it “a rich evocation of Chinese ceremonial music – a grand processional, mesmerising in its reiterations” while Classical Music Web styled it “a subtle and delicate piece of music of great beauty.”
Featured this year at the BBC Proms with the world première of his orchestral work The Immortal, Zhou Long is internationally recognized for creating a unique body of music that brings together the æsthetic concepts and musical elements of East and West. In several of his works he returns to the culture of the Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907), but in his re-creation of eighth-century China, the composer makes claims only for personal, not historical, authenticity. ‘The Tang Dynasty has no surviving music’, he admits, ‘but the literature of the period has many detailed descriptions of how the music sounded, and the lyrical language of the poetry itself already suggests music.’ One example of Zhou Long’s approach is Poems from Tang (1995), a concerto for string quartet and orchestra in four movements. In The Rhyme of Taigu (2003), Zhou explores Tang dynasty Sino-Japanese exchange by resurrecting the ancient Chinese taigu percussion tradition that later evolved into Japanese taiko drumming. Percussion also plays a prominent rôle in Da Qu (1990-91), whose title comes from an ancient form of court music utilizing song and dance. In The Future of Fire (2003) a more recent chapter in Chinese history has provided the inspiration. In the work Zhou Long depicts his memories of farmers burning off dried grass to prepare the land for planting, scenes that he witnessed while deported to the countryside during the Cultural Revolution.
This varied and exciting programme was recorded in the presence of the composer by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra under Lan Shui, a team represented in the BIS catalogue by 12 previous CDs, including the previously mentioned Oriental Landscapes as well as a highly acclaimed survey of the orchestral music by Alexander Tcherepnin.
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Zhou Long
  Poems from Tang for string quartet and orchestra (1995) 29:49
01 I. Hut Among the Bamboo by Wang Wei 08:41 $ 1.82 USD
02 II. Old Fisherman by Liu Zongyuan 08:09 $ 1.71 USD
03 III. Hearing the Monk Xun Play the Qin by Li Bai 06:16 $ 1.32 USD
04 IV. Song of Eight Unruly Tipsy Poets by Du Fu 06:43 $ 1.41 USD
  The Rhyme of Taigu for orchestra (2003) 11:40
05 I. Andante 05:57 $ 1.25 USD
06 II. Lento and Accelerando 02:37 $ 0.55 USD
07 III. Presto 03:06 $ 0.65 USD
  Da Qu for percussion and orchestra (1990-91) 21:20
08 I. San Yu (Prelude in Tempo a piacere) 10:06 $ 2.12 USD
09 II. Zhong Xu (Middle part in Adagio) 05:31 $ 1.16 USD
10 III. Po (Development and Coda in Presto - Andantino) 05:43 $ 1.20 USD
11 The Future of Fire for chorus and orchestra (2001/2003) 05:17 $ 1.11 USD
  Album total 69:52
ComposerZhou Long
OrchestraSingapore Symphony Orchestra
String quartetShanghai Quartet
ConductorLan Shui
PercussionFox, Jonathan
ChoirThe Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Singapore

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