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Ecstatic Drumbeat - percussion and Chinese orchestra

Composer Keiko Abe
Yiu-Kwong Chung
Toshiro Mayuzumi
Nebojsa Jovan Zivkovic
Performer Evelyn Glennie
Taipei Chinese Orchestra
Chung Yiu-kwong, conductor
En Shao, conductor
Period Contemporary
Catalogue Number BIS-1599 SACD
EAN 7318599915999
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date May 2012
Total time 75'10

“I love the sounds these musicians make.” Fanfare
“Fascinating sounds crossing hemispheres, epochs and cultures.” The Times; “Am I ecstatic about Ecstatic Drumbeat? You bet.” Fanfare; “Anyone who loves good quality percussion playing or who has an affinity for Chinese culture will enjoy this a great deal.”

Appearing with leading orchestras and conductors around the world, Evelyn Glennie has also collaborated with musicians as diverse as Emmanuel Ax, the King’s Singers and Björk. Another unexpected partner is the Taipei Chinese Orchestra, with which she first performed at the 2009 Deaflympics. Returning to Taiwan a year later, she recorded the present disc of original compositions and arrangements for percussion and Chinese orchestra. The programme is wide–ranging in geographical terms, with works by composers from the Far East, as well as by German-based Nebojša Živković, whose duo Born to Beat Wild for bass drum and trumpet here is performed with a suona, ‘Chinese oboe’, replacing the trumpet. But the disc also spans a vast distance in time, in that the final work, Emperor Qin Crushing the Battle Formations, is a reworking by the composer Yiu-Kwong Chung of an ancient score first performed in the year 627 at the court of the second Tang Emperor. Ecstatic Drumbeat is the latest of four discs that present collaborations between the Taipei Chinese Orchestra and soloists from a Western tradition, with Evelyn Glennie following in the footsteps of flutist Sharon Bezaly, saxophonist Claude Delangle and trombone player Christian Lindberg on her own oriental journey.
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  Chung Yiu-kwong
  Concerto for Percussion and Chinese Orchestra 26'45
01 1. The Moon's Lament 9'39
02 2. I Believe 9'11
03 3. Heading For 7'55
  Keiko Abe
04 Prism Rhapsody 14'23
  Nebojsa Jovan Zivkovic
05 Born to Beat Wild 7'37
  Toshiro Mayuzumi
  Concertino for Xylophone and Orchestra 10'57
06 1. Allegro vivace 3'31
07 2. Adagietto (attacca) 5'07
08 3. Presto 2'19
  Yiu-Kwong Chung
09 Emperor Qin Crushing the Battle Formations 13'28
  Album total 75'10
ComposerAbe, Keiko
Chung Yiu-kwong
Chung, Yiu-Kwong
Mayuzumi, Toshiro
Toshiro Mayuzumi
Zivkovic, Nebojsa Jovan
PercussionGlennie, Evelyn
OrchestraTaipei Chinese Orchestra
ConductorChung, Yiu-Kwong
Shao, En
ArrangerChung, Yiu-Kwong

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