Seascapes | BIS BISSACD1447

Seascapes

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Label: BIS

Cat No: BISSACD1447

Format: SACD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 29th May 2006

Contents

Artists

Sharon Bezaly (alto flute/piccolo)
Singapore Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Lan Shui

Works

Bridge, Frank

The Sea

Debussy, Claude

La Mer

Glazunov, Alexander

The Sea, op.28

Zhou Long

The Deep, Deep Sea

Artists

Sharon Bezaly (alto flute/piccolo)
Singapore Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Lan Shui

About

With the arrival of the British East India Company in 1819 Singapore quickly developed into one of the most important trading hubs of Asia and, indeed, the world. And although the patterns and methods of world trade and transport have changed, the sea still permeates the daily life of Singaporeans. 
 
This also applies to Lan Shui and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, who on this disc perform four works inspired by the sea by composers as varied as Debussy, Glazunov, Frank Bridge and Zhou Long (b. 1953). 
 
Zhou Long’s The Deep, Deep Sea has as its title a quotation from Tang dynasty poet Li Bai, and was written for flautist Sharon Bezaly who performs it here. If the sea in Zhou Long’s piece is an Asian one, Glazunov used a visit to Crimea and the Black Sea for his inspiration, adding a good pinch of Wagnerism to its not very salty water. Debussy and Bridge on the other hand probably had the same sea in mind when they composed their works: Debussy finished his La Mer while visiting England in 1904, staying in Eastbourne on the south coast, and Frank Bridge (1879-1949) was born and grew up in Brighton, some thirty kilometres further west.
 
Note: The music on this Hybrid Super Audio CD can be played back in Stereo (CD and SACD) as well as in 5.0 Surround sound (SACD).

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