Xiayong Chen - Imaginative Reflections | Col Legno COL20438

Xiayong Chen - Imaginative Reflections


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Label: Col Legno

Cat No: COL20438

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 2nd February 2018



The sounds on this album seem to come from another world. They spread through space, then disappear, or rather: fade away, evaporate, crystallize, settle as a sedi- ment. This music is about fading away, about reverberations, echoes. European instruments sound Asian, and Asian instruments are integrated into European art music. Xiaoyong Chen, who emigrated to Germany in 1985, once a student of composition with György Ligeti and now a professor of composition at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg, never ceases to explore issues of identity, of belonging, including the fundamental question: Is it actually possible to understand a foreign culture? “A great sound is inaudible, a great image is formless,” Laozi’s famous observation, is printed in Chinese characters on the cover of this recording (by the Ensemble Les Amis Shanghai under the direction of Jensen Horn-Sin Lam).

There is but one more thing to add: The great questions are eternal.

Ensemble Les Amis Shanghai:
- Jensen Horn-Sin Lam (viola, artistic direction)
- Shuting Wu (violin)
- Yuan Zhang (cello)
- Cong Li (clarinet, piano)
- Xiangjun Yu (piano)
- Jing Yao (flute)
- Junjun Tian (violin)
- Jiannan Chen (sheng)
- Le Dai (clarinet)

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