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Memories Lost

Orchestras / Ensembles
Catalogue numberBIS-1974 SACD
Release date2015-01-10
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time81:55

“This is the most interesting and successful recording of new Chinese music I have yet heard…” BBC Music Magazine

The Chinese pianist Chen Sa (also known internationally as Sa Chen) has received much acclaim for her interpretations of composers such as Chopin, Rachmaninov and Ravel, but on the present disc she makes something of a return to her roots. In a (mostly) Chinese programme she presents a series of works – both solo and concertante – of which several deal with memories, nostalgia and the recreation of impressions. Opening with the only non-Chinese work – albeit here in a transcription for Chinese orchestra – Chen Sa takes us to Fazil Say's Anatolia, as it appears in the Turkish pianist-composer's Third Piano Concerto. A group of solo works by Chinese composers follows, with Hsiao Tyzen of Taiwan (b. 1938) and Wang Xiaohan of Beijing (b. 1980) both exploring their respective memories of home and of childhood. With Impromptu, the Australian-based Julian Yu took on the task of recreating his own improvisation into a written-out composition, while his colleague Chen Qigang, resident in France, found the inspiration for his work in the world of Chinese opera. The music of Chinese opera, in its many forms, also informs the closing work on the disc. Wang Xilin's Concerto for Piano and Orchestra received its première in 2010 from Chen Sa and the Basel Sinfonietta, but is here recorded in a version for Chinese orchestra. The concerto was conceived out of the composer's deep regret of the Cultural Revolution, which ended the careers and even the lives of so many musicians of his own generation. (Wang Xilin was born in 1937.) In the two concertos, Chen Sa receives the eminent support of the Taipei Chinese Orchestra under its chief conductor Chung Yiu-Kwong. This team has appeared on four previous releases from BIS, and has received worldwide critical acclaim for their performances, 'evoking delicate playfulness, high drama, or the tranquillity of a misty Chinese valley with equal atmosphere' (Classic FM Magazine) and 'producing a rich multihued soundscape, a vibrant rhythmic drive, and spectacular ensemble virtuosity' (American Record Guide).
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Say, Fazil
  Silence of Anatolia (Piano Concerto No.3), Op.11 21:40
01 I. Silence of Anatolia 08:16 $ 1.98 USD
02 II. Obstinacy 04:32 $ 1.09 USD
03 III. Cadenza 03:42 $ 0.89 USD
04 IV. Elegy 05:10 $ 1.24 USD
  Composer: Hsiao, Tyzen
05 Farewell Étude, Op.55 06:24 $ 1.54 USD
  Composer: Yu, Julian
06 Impromptu, Op.9 03:21 $ 0.80 USD
  Composer: Chen, Qigang
07 Instants d’un opéra de Pékin (2004 version) 11:19 $ 2.72 USD
  Composer: Wang, Xiaohan
08 A song in the childhood. Adagio ma non troppo 04:22 $ 1.05 USD
  Composer: Hsiao, Tyzen
09 Memory. Andante cantabile 02:53 $ 0.69 USD
  Composer: Wang, Xilin
  Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, Op.56 30:12
10 I. Allegro minaccioso 08:40 $ 2.08 USD
11 II. Passacaglia. Adagio 09:13 $ 2.21 USD
12 III. Allegretto 12:19 $ 2.96 USD
  Album total 81:55
ComposerChen, Qigang
Hsiao, Tyzen
Say, Fazil
Wang, Xiaohan
Wang, Xilin
Yu, Julian
ConductorChung, Yiu-Kwong
OrchestraTaipei Chinese Orchestra
PianoChen, Sa

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