Ying Quartet: Dim Sum | Telarc CD80690

Ying Quartet: Dim Sum


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Label: Telarc

Cat No: CD80690

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 31st March 2008



The Ying Quartet, consisting of four Chinese-American siblings, has a strong interest in the music of living Chinese-American composers through a non-traditional programming concept they have termed musical “Dim Sum.”

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.

Ying Quartet:
• Timothy Ying – (violin I)
• Janet Ying – (violin II)
• Phillip Ying – (viola)
• David Ying – (cello)

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