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Dialogue - East Meets West / Petri, Yue

Release Date: 02/24/2009 
Label:  Our Recordings   Catalog #: 6220600   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Yao HuMette NielsenRui LiPernille Louise Sejlund,   ... 
Performer:  Chen YueMichala Petri
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
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This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.


DIALOGUE—EAST MEETS WEST Michala Petri (rec); Chen Yue (xiao, dizi) OUR RECORDINGS 6.220600 (Hybrid multichannel SACD: 67: 46)

YAO HU Rong (Fusion). M. NIELSEN Stream. Read more class="COMPOSER12">RUI LI Peng Zhuang (Sparkling-Collision). SEJLUND Butterfly-Rain. GANG CHEN The Greeting from Afar. MONRAD EastWest-project 16. SIQIN CHAOKETU Yan Gui (The wild goose comes back home). ROFELT Circonflexe. RUOMEI CHEN Jue (Very rare and fine jade). MURASHKIN Cascades

Contemporary Chinese pieces alternate with works by young Danes on this recording that teams the European recorder family with its Chinese analogs, the xiao and dizi. All of these pieces were written, mostly by composers under 30, in 2007 especially for this project spearheaded by the two performers. Most of the Chinese pieces sound distinctly Chinese, through the composers’ choice of scales and use of note-bending and other Asian playing techniques. A couple of them quote Chinese melodies, but none of this is travelogue music. Peng Zhuang , for instance, sounds like an extract from Orff’s Schulwerk . The Danish pieces, I suppose, are also typical of their culture, yet the greatest interest here is not hearing who uses a pentatonic scale and who does not, but how the various composers cause the two wind instruments to interact. Rong , for example, has Michala Petri and Chen Yue engage in independent but parallel play, whereas Stream establishes a closer, more interdependent relationship between the two lines. The Greeting from Afar by Gang Chen (not the composer by the same name responsible for the “Butterfly Lovers” Violin Concerto) is a playful piece calling for the highest instruments from the dizi and recorder families, while Circonflexe requires the players to switch among the full range of their instruments. Some of the pieces, like Cascades , are lovely, rippling, and fluid, while others are a bit more thorny. This is certainly not New Age meditation music, but neither is it strenuously avant-garde. Both artists play superbly, and the audio quality is notable for what it lacks—there’s no high-frequency distortion, no extraneous noise, no strange coloration, nothing but the natural sounds of the instruments recorded in the flattering acoustics of a Danish church.

FANFARE: James Reel
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Works on This Recording

Rong "Fusion" by Yao Hu
Performer:  Chen Yue (Dizi), Michala Petri (Recorder)
Stream by Mette Nielsen
Performer:  Chen Yue (Dizi), Michala Petri (Recorder)
Peng Zhuang "Sparkling Collision" by Rui Li
Performer:  Chen Yue (Dizi), Michala Petri (Recorder)
Butterfly-Rain by Pernille Louise Sejlund
Performer:  Chen Yue (Dizi), Michala Petri (Recorder)
Greeting from Afar by Chen Gang
Performer:  Michala Petri (Recorder), Chen Yue (Dizi)
EastWest-project 16 by Anders Monrad
Performer:  Chen Yue (Dizi), Michala Petri (Recorder)
Yan Gui by Sigin Chaoketu
Performer:  Chen Yue (Dizi), Michala Petri (Recorder)
Circonflexe by Kasper Rofelt
Performer:  Chen Yue (Dizi), Michala Petri (Recorder)
Cascades by Benjamin de Murashkin
Performer:  Chen Yue (Dizi), Michala Petri (Recorder)

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