Ying Quartet: Dim Sum
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Cat No: CD80690
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 31st March 2008
Pizzicato for String Quartet
Silent Temple II
Silent Temple IV
Drum and Gong
Song of the Ch'in
The Quartet explains: the standard three-work structure of most quartet recitals normally limits the performance of contemporary pieces to just one quartet. In our programming of contemporary Chinese-American work, we have decided to break open this portion of the concert and include shorter works by several composers. This enables our audiences to sample a broader range of living Chinese-American composers in a single concert, in the same way that the style of eating Chinese food called dim sum involves a wide variety of bite-sized delicacies.
In all of the selections on this disc, there is a conscious blending of sounds, techniques and ideas from traditional Chinese music with the string quartet of the Western classical tradition. At first hearing, the listener may be struck by the fresh and exotic sounds, textures and harmonies that result from this fusion. The play of these two traditions points to an even larger context, however, one shared by music the world over: that in the most profound way, sounds can capture the thoughts, feelings and longings of the universal human spirit. The vitality of exchange between East and West only seems to grow stronger and more relevant each year, and this disc of musical dim sum offers a thought-provoking perspective on the dynamic artistic possibilities of this nexus.
Timothy Ying (violin I)
Janet Ying (violin II)
Phillip Ying (viola)
David Ying (cello)
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