Chiayu - Journeys | Naxos - American Classics 8559713

Chiayu - Journeys

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Label: Naxos - American Classics

Cat No: 8559713

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 1st June 2015

Contents

Artists

Members of the Curtis Institute of Music
Members of the Philadelphia Orchestra
Ciompi Quartet

Works

Chiayu

Huan
Journey to the West
Signs (12) of the Chinese zodiac
Sparkle
Urban Sketches
Zhi

Artists

Members of the Curtis Institute of Music
Members of the Philadelphia Orchestra
Ciompi Quartet

About

Chiayu’s evocative music reflects her origins in Taiwan and responses to life in the West, an environment in which her career has been burgeoning with a remarkable number of commissions and awards.

Zhi explores counterpoint and Taiwanese rhythmic patterns, the title meaning 'to weave or to interlace', while Huan conjures up sounds from nature. Employing virtuoso non-traditional techniques, the Twelve Signs of the Chinese zodiac portrays a complete cycle of character traits, while Journey to the West depicts an allegorical adventure towards enlightenment.

The brilliance of Sparkle was inspired by fireworks and includes special brass instrument effects, while Urban Sketches takes us on a walk through New York City, with electronic sounds interwoven seamlessly with those of the musicians.

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