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Sharon Bezaly|CHUNG, Yiu-Kwong: Whirling Dance / Flute Concerto / MA, Shui-Long: Bamboo Flute Concerto (Bezaly, Taipei Chinese Orchestra, Chung Yiu-Kwong)

CHUNG, Yiu-Kwong: Whirling Dance / Flute Concerto / MA, Shui-Long: Bamboo Flute Concerto (Bezaly, Taipei Chinese Orchestra, Chung Yiu-Kwong)

Yiu-Kwong Chung - Anonymous - Cheng-long Zhou

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The young Israeli-Swedish flutist Sharon Bezaly is both daring and prolific, issuing disc after disc on Sweden's BIS label devoted to unfamiliar virtuoso music and nailing it almost every time. Here she enters the nascent field of cross-cultural concert music. With its Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon-like cover photo, this is perhaps an especially risky endeavor, but Bezaly pulls it off in fine style. The notes (in English, Chinese, German, and French) give plenty of information about the music, but it would have been nice to hear a little about how Bezaly and the Taipei Chinese Orchestra assembled the program. Presumably conductor Chung Yiu-Kwong deserves at least some of the credit, for the selection of music avoids the monotony that sometimes plagues releases of this sort and showcases Bezaly's considerable skills from a variety of perspectives. The key is that the Chinese compositions represent a variety of types, from semi-traditional (The Thivats of Autumn, track 5, which is one of several pieces using a small Chinese ensemble in place of the "Chinese orchestra" helpfully explained in a separate English-language note) to popular melodies (Longing for the Spring Breeze, track 10), to full-fledged contemporary attempts to bridge the gap between East and West. The two works by conductor Chung at the beginning of the program fall into this category, and they're worth the purchase price all by themselves as harbingers of a world in which concert music is increasingly often marked by the inclusion of Asian elements. Bezaly, playing a piccolo in the Bamboo Flute Concerto of Ma Shui-Long (tracks 6-8), is lively and confident throughout in difficult music that was completely new to her. BIS engineers, operating in a likewise unfamiliar Taiwanese concert hall, deliver their usual impressive results. An exciting, even groundbreaking disc of music for soloist and orchestra.
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CHUNG, Yiu-Kwong: Whirling Dance / Flute Concerto / MA, Shui-Long: Bamboo Flute Concerto (Bezaly, Taipei Chinese Orchestra, Chung Yiu-Kwong)

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Whirling Dance (Yiu-Kwong Chung)

1
Whirling Dance
00:08:36

Sharon Bezaly, flute - Taipei Chinese Orchestra, Orchestra - Yiu-Kwong Chung, Conductor

(C) 2009 BIS (P) 2009 BIS

Flute Concerto (Yiu-Kwong Chung)

2
I. Molto espressivo - Allegro ma non troppo
00:06:28

Sharon Bezaly, flute - Taipei Chinese Orchestra, Orchestra - Yiu-Kwong Chung, Conductor

(C) 2009 BIS (P) 2009 BIS

3
II. Molto placido - Più mosso - Molto placido
00:06:15

Sharon Bezaly, flute - Taipei Chinese Orchestra, Orchestra - Yiu-Kwong Chung, Conductor

(C) 2009 BIS (P) 2009 BIS

4
III. Allegro con brio
00:07:30

Sharon Bezaly, flute - Taipei Chinese Orchestra, Orchestra - Yiu-Kwong Chung, Conductor

(C) 2009 BIS (P) 2009 BIS

The Thivats of Autumn (arr. Zhou Chenglong for flute and chinese instrumental ensemble) (Anonyme)

5
The Thivats of Autumn (Arr. Zhou Chenglong for flute and Chinese instrumental ensemble)
00:05:58

Sharon Bezaly, flute - Hung-Yu Liu, gu-zheng - Yu-Feng Tsai, yangqin - Shu-Chen Yeh, ruan

(C) 2009 BIS (P) 2009 BIS

Bamboo Flute Concerto (Shui-Long Ma)

6
I. Andante grandioso - Allegretto con gioco (Arr. H.-H. Chen for piccolo and Chinese orchestra)
00:08:20

Sharon Bezaly, flute - Taipei Chinese Orchestra, Orchestra - Yiu-Kwong Chung, Conductor

(C) 2009 BIS (P) 2009 BIS

7
II. Adagio cantabile (Arr. H.-H. Chen for piccolo and Chinese orchestra)
00:04:26

Sharon Bezaly, flute - Taipei Chinese Orchestra, Orchestra - Yiu-Kwong Chung, Conductor

(C) 2009 BIS (P) 2009 BIS

8
III. Finale. Allegretto con gioco (Arr. H.-H. Chen for piccolo and Chinese orchestra)
00:03:47

Sharon Bezaly, flute - Taipei Chinese Orchestra, Orchestra - Yiu-Kwong Chung, Conductor

(C) 2009 BIS (P) 2009 BIS

Fair Flowers under Full Moon (Arr. Peng Xiuwen for piccolo and Chinese orchestra) (Yijun Huang)

9
Fair Flowers under Full Moon (Arr. Peng Xiuwen for piccolo and Chinese orchestra)
00:02:22

Sharon Bezaly, flute - Taipei Chinese Orchestra, Orchestra - Yiu-Kwong Chung, Conductor

(C) 2009 BIS (P) 2009 BIS

Longing for the Spring Breeze (Arr. Qu Chunquan for flute and Chinese orchestra) (Yu-Xian Deng)

10
Longing for the Spring Breeze (Arr. Qu Chunquan for flute and Chinese orchestra)
00:02:27

Sharon Bezaly, flute - Taipei Chinese Orchestra, Orchestra - Yiu-Kwong Chung, Conductor

(C) 2009 BIS (P) 2009 BIS

Album Description

The young Israeli-Swedish flutist Sharon Bezaly is both daring and prolific, issuing disc after disc on Sweden's BIS label devoted to unfamiliar virtuoso music and nailing it almost every time. Here she enters the nascent field of cross-cultural concert music. With its Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon-like cover photo, this is perhaps an especially risky endeavor, but Bezaly pulls it off in fine style. The notes (in English, Chinese, German, and French) give plenty of information about the music, but it would have been nice to hear a little about how Bezaly and the Taipei Chinese Orchestra assembled the program. Presumably conductor Chung Yiu-Kwong deserves at least some of the credit, for the selection of music avoids the monotony that sometimes plagues releases of this sort and showcases Bezaly's considerable skills from a variety of perspectives. The key is that the Chinese compositions represent a variety of types, from semi-traditional (The Thivats of Autumn, track 5, which is one of several pieces using a small Chinese ensemble in place of the "Chinese orchestra" helpfully explained in a separate English-language note) to popular melodies (Longing for the Spring Breeze, track 10), to full-fledged contemporary attempts to bridge the gap between East and West. The two works by conductor Chung at the beginning of the program fall into this category, and they're worth the purchase price all by themselves as harbingers of a world in which concert music is increasingly often marked by the inclusion of Asian elements. Bezaly, playing a piccolo in the Bamboo Flute Concerto of Ma Shui-Long (tracks 6-8), is lively and confident throughout in difficult music that was completely new to her. BIS engineers, operating in a likewise unfamiliar Taiwanese concert hall, deliver their usual impressive results. An exciting, even groundbreaking disc of music for soloist and orchestra.
© TiVo

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