Jenny Q Chai: (S)yn(e)sth(e)te | MSR Classics MS1667

Jenny Q Chai: (S)yn(e)sth(e)te

£15.26

Label: MSR Classics

Cat No: MS1667

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 1st December 2017

Contents

Works

Akiho, Andy

Karakurenai (Crimson) for prepared piano

Debussy, Claude

Etudes pour piano (6), Book 1
» no.3 pour les quartes
» no.6 pour les huit doigts

Kurtag, Gyorgy

Jatekok (Games)
» Bells for Margit Mandy (Book 5)
» Les Adieux (in Janaceks Manier)
» Quiet Talk with the Devil (Book 3)
» Shadow-Play: Hommage a Somlyo Gyorgy (Book 3)

Ligeti, Gyorgy

Etudes pour piano, Book 1 (Nos 1-6)
» no.1 Desordre
» no.2 'Cordes a vide'

Messiaen, Olivier

Canteyodjaya

Wollschleger, Scott

Blue Inscription

Artists

Jenny Q Chai (piano)

Works

Akiho, Andy

Karakurenai (Crimson) for prepared piano

Debussy, Claude

Etudes pour piano (6), Book 1
» no.3 pour les quartes
» no.6 pour les huit doigts

Kurtag, Gyorgy

Jatekok (Games)
» Bells for Margit Mandy (Book 5)
» Les Adieux (in Janaceks Manier)
» Quiet Talk with the Devil (Book 3)
» Shadow-Play: Hommage a Somlyo Gyorgy (Book 3)

Ligeti, Gyorgy

Etudes pour piano, Book 1 (Nos 1-6)
» no.1 Desordre
» no.2 'Cordes a vide'

Messiaen, Olivier

Canteyodjaya

Wollschleger, Scott

Blue Inscription

Artists

Jenny Q Chai (piano)

About

(S)yn(e)sth(e)te is an album exploring the relation between sound and color, the streams of colors from blue to orange. Synesthesia in music has been associated with composers throughout the history of music. Interestingly, many composers and musicians have specific associations with certain pitches and keys – E major, C minor, D major, etc – that can be drastically different from one another, or surprisingly similar. My synesthesia came on gradually, starting with certain notes and colors, but leading to connections with more impressionistic-like watercolors, that is, more of light and shadow, and the blended tones of colors. One thing is certain: synesthesia is an extremely personal experience to synesthetes.

In this album, I explore the different synesthetic experiences from a range of composers. For me, it is a stream of colors and moods, with the direction from blue to orange. Wollschleger’s Blue Inscription, Debussy’s slow Étude of fourths and Ligeti’s second Étude are for me the blossoming of flowers as seen through the lens of time-lapse photography. The swift brushes of Debussy’s eight-finger Étude, the strong colors of Ligeti’s vehement Disordre and the spatial, sometimes-floral-sometimes-dark pieces by Kurtág remind me of Chiaroscuro. Akiho’s Crimson and Messiaen’s orange-infused music brings a kind of euphoria. For me, each composer has a highly individual synesthesia with each piece, introducing a different kind of association between sound and color. My wish is that the listener to explore this music, and discover their own personal synesthesia.

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