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Zhou Long - Rhymes

Composer Zhou Long
Performer Jonathan Fox
Singapore The Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Shanghai Quartet
Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Lan Shui, conductor
Period Contemporary
Catalogue Number BIS-1322 CD
EAN 7318590013229
Format CD
Release date Jun 2004
Total time 69'52

10/10/10, Klassik-Heute.de; Supersonic, Pizzicato; 5 stelle, Musica

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.
 
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  Zhou Long
  Poems from Tang for string quartet and orchestra (1995) 29'49
01 I. Hut Among the Bamboo by Wang Wei 8'41
02 II. Old Fisherman by Liu Zongyuan 8'09
03 III. Hearing the Monk Xun Play the Qin by Li Bai 6'16
04 IV. Song of Eight Unruly Tipsy Poets by Du Fu 6'43
 
  The Rhyme of Taigu for orchestra (2003) 11'40
05 I. Andante 5'57
06 II. Lento and Accelerando 2'37
07 III. Presto 3'06
 
  Da Qu for percussion and orchestra (1990-91) 21'20
08 I. San Yu (Prelude in Tempo a piacere) 10'06
09 II. Zhong Xu (Middle part in Adagio) 5'31
10 III. Po (Development and Coda in Presto - Andantino) 5'43
 
11 The Future of Fire for chorus and orchestra (2001/2003) 5'17
 
  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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