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Isang Yun - Chamber Symphony I

Postby alex » Sun Oct 12, 2014 1:42 pm

Isang Yun - Chamber Symphony I - Tapis pour cordes - Gong-Hu for harp and strings
Classical | EAC: FLAC+Cue+Log | 1 Cd, Covers + Booklet | 333 Mb
Label:Naxos - Date:2006

Gong-Hu dates from 1984 and is dedicated to the harpist Ursula Holliger, who gave the first performance in Lucerne in 1985 with the Camerata Bern directed by the oboist, composer and conductor Heinz Holliger, for whom Isang Yun wrote his last work, the Quartet for Oboe and String Trio, first performed four days after the composer’s death. The konghou, to use the modern system of transliteration of Chinese, is the Chinese harp, introduced into China from Persia during the Eastern Han dynasty, and now less frequently used in China. It was adopted in Korea and the famous Song of the Konghou, a Korean song, became part of Chinese repertoire when it was re-introduced into China during the Han dynasty, an example of reverse acculturation. Gong-Hu is scored for three first and three second violins, three violas, three cellos and a double bass, with solo harp, which opens the work with ascending chords. The work demands considerable virtuosity from the harpist, with a cadenza-like passage before its closing section.

Tapis pour cordes, written in 1987, the year in which Isang Yun celebrated his seventieth birthday, is scored for a string quintet, or optionally, as here, for string orchestra. Isang Yun makes use of oriental techniques in a closely woven texture that employs characteristic elements of his compositional language in an effective work that appeals immediately to the listener.

The first of Isang Yun’s two Chamber Symphonies was also written in 1987 in response to a commission from the city of Gütersloh, where it had its first performance in 1988 by the German Chamber Philharmonic Frankfurt/Main directed by Yoram David. It is scored, very traditionally, for pairs of oboes and horns and strings, but these instruments are treated in the composer’s own idiosyncratic musical language, with ornamentation, quarter tones, divisions of the strings and dynamic patterns that accord with his stated principles of musical structure. The work is in a continuous single movement.


01. Chamber Symphony I (1987) [0:26:53.71]
02. Tapis pour cordes (1987) [0:08:23.03]
03. Gong-Hu for harp and strings (1984) [0:25:43.69] ... .part1.rar ... .part2.rar ... .part3.rar ... .part4.rar
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