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Whirling Dance – Works for Flute and Traditional Chinese Orchestra

Orchestras / Ensembles
Catalogue numberBIS-1759 SACD
Release date2009-03-10
Orig. sample rate44100Hz
Total time56:13

Classics Today 10/10, Disc of the Month; BBC Music Magazine: outstanding.

Transverse flutes made of bamboo have been important in Chinese music for more than 2000 years. It should therefore not come as a surprise that flutist Sharon Bezaly, known for her imaginative choice of repertoire, has looked eastwards in her search for new musical horizons, nor that she has received a warm welcome. Together with the Taipei Chinese Orchestra and composer-conductor Chung Yiu-Kwong, she explores the sonic possibilities of the combination of Western flute and Chinese instruments such as erhu, guzheng, yangqin and zhongruan. The sparkling and whirling dance that we are invited to join includes two newly composed works by Chung Yiu-Kwong, both dedicated to the soloist, as well as an fascinating exercise in the art of musical arrangement: the conversion of Ma Shui-Long’s concerto for bamboo flute and symphony orchestra into a concerto for piccolo and Chinese orchestra. Of the remaining three shorter works, The Thivats of Autumn is an arrangement for chamber ensemble of a traditional Chinese classical tune for pipa, depicting the sadness experienced by Wang Zhaojun, one of ‘The Four Beauties’ of ancient China, as she is forced to by the Emperor Yuan (48-33 BC) to marry a foreign ruler and leave her country. The original compositions that serve as basis for the arrangements of Fair Flowers under Full Moon and Longing for the Spring Breeze are both of more recent date, composed during the 1930s in Shanghai and on Taiwan respectively. Highly colourful and atmospheric, they make a perfect send-off to a programme as vibrant as a Chinese New Year’s parade.
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Chung Yiu-kwong
01 Whirling Dance for flute and Chinese orchestra 08:18 $ 1.74 USD
  Composer: Chung Yiu-kwong
  Concerto for Flute and Chinese Orchestra 19:50
02 I. Molto espressivo – Allegro ma non troppo 06:21 $ 1.33 USD
03 II. Molto placido – Più mosso – Molto placido 06:11 $ 1.30 USD
04 III. Allegro con brio 07:18 $ 1.53 USD
  Composer: Traditional/ arr. Zhou Chenglong
05 The Thivats of Autumn (arr. for flute and small Chinese
instrumental ensemble)
05:44 $ 1.20 USD
  Composer: Ma Shui-long/ arr. Chen Hsuan-ho
  Bamboo Flute Concerto 16:16
06 I. Andante grandioso – Allegretto con gioco 08:16 $ 1.74 USD
07 II. Adagio cantabile 04:24 $ 0.92 USD
08 III. Finale. Allegretto con gioco 03:36 $ 0.76 USD
  Composer: Huang Yijun/ arr. Peng Xiuwen
09 Fair Flowers under Full Moon (arr. for piccolo and Chinese
02:18 $ 0.48 USD
  Composer: Deng Yu-xian/ arr. Qu Chunquan
10 Longing for the Spring Breeze 01:53 $ 0.40 USD
  Album total 56:13
ComposerChung Yiu-kwong
Deng Yu-xian/ arr. Qu Chunquan
Huang Yijun/ arr. Peng Xiuwen
Ma Shui-long/ arr. Chen Hsuan-ho
Traditional/ arr. Zhou Chenglong
ConductorChung Yiu-kwong
OrchestraTaipei Chinese Orchestra
FluteBezaly, Sharon

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