Across The Sea: Chinese-American Flute Concertos
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Cat No: BISCD1739
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 28th November 2011
ArtistsSharon Bezaly (flute)
Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Zhou Long composed his Five Elements with inspiration from the traditional Chinese concept of the five ‘elemental energies’ (wu xing): metal, wood, water, fire and earth. For The Deep, Deep Sea, his shorter, single-movement work, Zhou Long found the title in a poem by the Chinese poet Li Bai (701–762 A.D.), exploring the metaphor of a sea voyage under difficult circumstances.
A later poet, Jiang Kui of the Song Dynasty, has provided Bright Sheng with the inspiration for the second movement of his two-movement work Flute Moon, while the first movement, entitled Chi-Lin’s Dance, features the mythical Chinese unicorn.
The closing work on the disc is Chen Yi’s The Golden Flute, a concerto in three movements, in which the stated aim of the composer has been ‘to let a Western flute speak in the language of Chinese wind instruments, such as the dizi made from bamboo and the xun made from clay.’
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