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Millennial Masters, Vol. 2

Lee / Tang / Zubow / Kwark / Lee
Release Date: 11/12/2013 
Label:  Ablaze Records   Catalog #: 7   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Michael LeeJoyce Wai-Chung TangV. IvanovaZachariah Zubow,   ... 
Performer:  Jiwon KwarkHa Eun LeeLuke FitzpatrickRebecca Ashe,   ... 
Conductor:  John Winzenburg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hong Kong New Music EnsembleShepherd Brass QuintetThelema Trio
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

MILLENNIAL MASTERS, VOL. 2 Jiwon Kwark, Luke Fitzpatrick (vn); HaEun Lee (pn); John Winzenburg (cond); Hong Kong New Music Ens; Rebecca Ashe (fl); Shepherd Brass Qnt; Thelema Trio ABLAZE AR-0007 (60: 24)

M. LEE A Voice in the Waves. TANG Aurora. IVANOVA Quiet Light. ZUBOW Nebulae. Read more class="COMPOSER12">D. BLINKHORN Relatively Loud Tones. Place/Space Theory. LECHOWSKI The Outer Space. A. GOTTSCHALK Heavy Metal. YIP Yûgen III

Ablaze Records is a fairly new label that is dedicated to, among other things, promoting the works of living composers. For its Millennial Masters series, the label invites interested composers to submit their works in digital format for review by a panel of various experts, including audio engineers, and the winners’ works are then included on a commercial recording. The album for consideration here is the second volume issued in the Millennial Masters series (a third volume will be forthcoming), and includes nine works penned in recent years by eight young composers from around the globe.

Even though it contains unrelated works, there is a natural flow to this album as a whole that I can’t quite explain. Perhaps much of it has to do with the fact that many of these works reveal—explicitly or implicitly—a fascination with cosmic phenomena, transformation, and the unknown. While there are most definitely no weak links here, some works are, at least to my ears, more affecting, memorable, or inventive than others. Aurora (by Hong Kong-based composer Joyce Wai-chung Tang), Nebulae (by American composer Zachariah Zubow), Relatively Loud Tones (by Australian composer Daniel Blinkhorn), The Outer Space (by Polish-American composer Lucas Lechowski), Heavy Metal (by American composer Arthur Gottschalk), and Yûgen III (by Chinese-American composer Stephen Yip) fall in this category. All in all, this album paints a fascinating fresco of the wealth of ideas, media, and compositional techniques that are used to write contemporary music.

Although it was recorded in nine separate recording sessions, the sound quality of this album is first-class, as are the musicians and ensembles featured here.

Recommended for those with an interest in contemporary and experimental music.

FANFARE: Radu A. Lelutiu
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Works on This Recording

A Voice in the Waves, capriccio for violin & piano by Michael Lee
Performer:  Jiwon Kwark (Violin), Ha Eun Lee (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  The Juilliard School, New York, NY 
Length: 7 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Aurora, for chamber ensemble by Joyce Wai-Chung Tang
Conductor:  John Winzenburg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hong Kong New Music Ensemble
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong 
Length: 9 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Quiet Light, for violin by V. Ivanova
Performer:  Luke Fitzpatrick (Violin)
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  Orange, CA, USA 
Length: 7 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Nebulae, for flute by Zachariah Zubow
Performer:  Rebecca Ashe (Flute)
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  University of Iowa Electronic Music Stud 
Length: 5 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Relatively Loud Tones, for electronics by Daniel Blinkhorn
Performer:  Daniel Blinkhorn (Electronics)
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  Home Studio, Sydney, NSW, Australia 
Length: 3 Minutes 50 Secs. 
The Outer Space, for violin by Lucas Lechowski
Performer:  Lucas Lechowski (Violin)
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  L Studio, Baltimore, MD, USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Place/Space Threnody, for electronics by Daniel Blinkhorn
Performer:  Daniel Blinkhorn (Electronics)
Venue:  ABC Studios, Sydney, Australia 
Length: 3 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Heavy Metal, for brass ensemble by Arthur Gottschalk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Shepherd Brass Quintet
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  Sugar Hill Studios, TX, USA 
Length: 8 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Yûgen 3, trio for saxophone, clarinet & piano by Stephen Yip
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Thelema Trio
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  School of Music, University of South Car 
Length: 13 Minutes 8 Secs. 

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