Myung-Whun Chung

Biography

Born: January 22, 1953; South Korea  
Myung-Whun Chung is one of the leading conductors of his generation. Also a prize-winning pianist, he is particularly noted for his interpretations of the music of French composer Olivier Messiaen.

There has rarely been as talented a group of siblings as Myung-Whun and his two older sisters, cellist Myung-Wha Chung (born 1944) and violinist Kyung-Wha Chung (born 1948). Myung-Whun made his performing debut as a pianist in Seoul at the age
Read more of 7. At 8, he flew to Seattle, WA, to begin his American musical studies. He attended the Mannes School, and later the Juilliard School in New York. His teachers there were Nadia Reisenberg (piano) and Carl Bramburger (conducting).

Chung won The New York Times piano competition in 1970. He made a conducting debut back in Seoul in 1971, conducting the Korean Symphony Orchestra. In 1974, he entered the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow as a pianist, winning second prize. He continued conducting studies at Juilliard, conducting both the New York Youth Orchestra and the Pre-College Orchestra of the Juilliard School. Carlo Maria Giulini, music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, engaged Chung as his assistant in 1978. Two years later on Giulini's recommendation, the Orchestra named Chung its associate conductor. In 1984, Chung became music director and principal conductor of the Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra in Germany. He made his triumphant New York debut in 1986 conducting the Metropolitan Opera's production of Verdi's Simon Boccanegra. Later in 1986, he also delivered a brilliant performance in Paris of Prokofiev's rarely heard opera The Fiery Angel. In 1987, he was appointed principal guest conductor of the Teatro Communale of Florence, Italy (1987-1992). He received two major Italian awards during this period, the Premio Abbiata and the 1989 Arturo Toscanini Prize. In 1989 Chung became music director of the Opéra-Paris-Bastille. His performances included Messiaen's Saint-François d'Assise and Shostakovich's Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk District. He became noted for his renditions of the complex music of Messiaen. The composer rewarded Chung by dedicating to him his last work, the Concert à Quatre and entrusting him with its world premiere (1994). In 1992, the French government awarded him the Legion of Honor for his contributions to the Paris Opera. This did not prevent an angry parting resulting from a change of administration at the French Ministry of Culture in 1994. He has frequently guest conducted in such venues as La Scala Milan, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, and the leading international orchestras. After leaving the Bastille Opera post he has been principal conductor of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and the Asia Philharmonic Orchestra.

In the early '80s he began work to present "environmental concerts" to allow the audience to accept environmental problems "with their hearts." He seeks a closer relationship between the two parts of his divided country, and has premiered the music of Isang Yun, a South Korean-born composer with similar views. Chung held concerts to raise money for rice to be shipped to famine-stricken North Korea. When he won the Ho-Am Prize from the Samsung Group (worth $111,000), he donated it all to the Korean Red Cross to alleviate the starvation in North Korea.

He also promotes an anti-drug message in his concerts, leading him in 1992 to be named Ambassador of the Drug Control Program at the United Nations. He was 1995's UNESCO "Man of the Year" and in 1996 won the highest cultural award of the Korean government. He returned to Korea to become music director of the Korean Broadcasting Symphony, and is the first Honorary Cultural Ambassador for Korea. Read less
Mahler: Symphony No. 9 / Myung-whun Chung, Seoul Philharmonic
Release Date: 03/31/2015   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 002278502   Number of Discs: 1
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Biography

Born: January 22, 1953; South Korea  
Myung-Whun Chung is one of the leading conductors of his generation. Also a prize-winning pianist, he is particularly noted for his interpretations of the music of French composer Olivier Messiaen.

There has rarely been as talented a group of siblings as Myung-Whun and his two older sisters, cellist Myung-Wha Chung (born 1944) and violinist Kyung-Wha Chung (born 1948). Myung-Whun made his performing debut as a pianist in Seoul at the age
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Chin: Piano Concerto - Movement I
Chin: Piano Concerto - Movement II
Chin: Piano Concerto - Movement III
Chin: Piano Concerto - Movement IV
Chin: Cello Concerto - Movement I, "Aniri"
Chin: Cello Concerto - Movement II
Chin: Cello Concerto - Movement III
Chin: Cello Concerto - Movement IV
1. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso
2. Scherzo: Molto vivace - Presto
3. Adagio molto e cantabile
4. Presto - Allegro assai
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op.35 - 1. Largo e maestoso
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op.35 - 2. Lento
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op.35 - 3. Andantino quasi allegretto
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op.35 - 4. Allegro molto
Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau De Feu) - Suite (1919) - Introduction
Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau De Feu) - Suite (1919) - Dance Of The Firebird
Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau De Feu) - Suite (1919) - 3. Variation Of The Firebird
Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau De Feu) - Suite (1919) - Round Dance Of The Princesses
Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau De Feu) - Suite (1919) - Infernal Dance Of King Kaschei
Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau De Feu) - Suite (1919) - Berceuse
Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau De Feu) - Suite (1919) - Finale
La Mer: 1. De l?aube à midi sur la mer
La Mer: 2. Jeux de vagues
La Mer: 3. Dialogue du vent et de la mer
Ma Mère l'Oye: 1. Pavane de la Belle au bois dormant
Ma Mère l'Oye: 2. Petit Poucet
Ma Mère l'Oye: 3. Laideronnette Imperatrice Des Pagodes
Ma Mère l'Oye: 4. Les Entretiens de la Belle et de la Bête
Ma Mère l'Oye: 5. Le Jardin féerique
Verdi: Otello / Act 1 - Una vela! Una vela!
Verdi: Otello / Act 1 - Esultate!
Verdi: Otello / Act 1 - Roderigo, ebben che pensi?
Verdi: Otello / Act 1 - Fuoco di gioia!
Verdi: Otello / Act 1 - Roderigo, beviam!
Verdi: Otello / Act 1 - Inaffia l'ugola! Trinca, tracanna (Brindisi)
Verdi: Otello / Act 1 - Capitano, v'attende la fazione ai baluardi
Verdi: Otello / Act 1 - Abbasso le spade!
Verdi: Otello / Act 1 - Già nella notte densa (Love Duet)
Verdi: Otello / Act 2 - Non ti crucciar
Verdi: Otello / Act 2 - Vanne! la tua meta già vedo
Verdi: Otello / Act 2 - Credo in un Dio crudel
Verdi: Otello / Act 2 - Ciò m'accora
Verdi: Otello / Act 2 - Dove guardi splendono
Verdi: Otello / Act 2 - D'un uom che geme sotto il tuo disdegno
Verdi: Otello / Act 2 - Se inconscia, contro te, sposo, ho peccato
Verdi: Otello / Act 2 - Desdemona rea!
Verdi: Otello / Act 2 - Tu?! Indietro! fuggi!
Verdi: Otello / Act 2 - Ora e per sempre addio
Verdi: Otello / Act 2 - Pace, signor
Verdi: Otello / Act 2 - Era la notte, Cassio dormia
Verdi: Otello / Act 2 - Oh! mostruosa colpa!
Verdi: Otello / Act 2 - Si, pel ciel marmoreo giuro!
Verdi: Otello / Act 3 - La vedetta del porto
Verdi: Otello / Act 3 - Continua
Verdi: Otello / Act 3 - Dio ti giocondi, o sposo
Verdi: Otello / Act 3 - Esterrefatta fisso
Verdi: Otello / Act 3 - Dio! mi potevi scagliar
Verdi: Otello / Act 3 - Cassio è là!
Verdi: Otello / Act 3 - Vieni; l'aula è deserta
Verdi: Otello / Act 3 - ...e intanto, giacchè non si stanca mai
Verdi: Otello / Act 3 - Quest'è il segnale
Verdi: Otello / Act 3 - Il Doge ed il Senato salutano
Verdi: Otello / Act 3 - Messeri! Il Doge
Verdi: Otello / Act 3 - A terra!...si...nel livido fango
Verdi: Otello / Act 3 - Quell' innocente un fremito
Verdi: Otello / Act 3 - Fuggite!
Verdi: Otello / Act 4 - Era più calmo?
Verdi: Otello / Act 4 - Mia madre aveva una povera ancella
Verdi: Otello / Act 4 - "Piangea cantando nell'erma landa..."
Verdi: Otello / Act 4 - Ave Maria, piena di grazia
Verdi: Otello / Act 4 - Chi e là?
Verdi: Otello / Act 4 - Diceste questa sera le vostre preci?
Verdi: Otello / Act 4 - Aprite! Aprite!
Verdi: Otello / Act 4 - Niun mi tema
Samson et Dalila - Acte I - Choeur des hébreux : Dieu d'Israël ! Ecoute la prière
Samson et Dalila - Acte I : Un jour, de nous tu détournas ta face (Choeur)
Samson et Dalila - Acte I : Arrêtez, ô mes frères ! (Samson, Choeur)
Samson et Dalila - Acte I : L'as-tu donc oublié (Samson, Choeur)
Samson et Dalila - Acte I : Qui donc élève ici la voix ? (Abimélech)
Samson et Dalila - Acte I : C'est toi que sa bouche invective (Samson, Choeur, Abimélech)
Samson et Dalila - Acte I : Que vois-je ! (Le Grand-Prêtre, 1er Philistin, 2ème Philistin)
Samson et Dalila - Acte I : Seigneur ! la troupe furieuse (Un messager Philistin, 1er et 2ème Philistins, Le Grand Prêtre)
Samson et Dalila - Acte I : Hymne de joie (Choeur, Un Vieillard Hébreu)
Samson et Dalila - Acte I : Voici le printemps nous portant des fleurs (Les Philistines)
Samson et Dalila - Acte I : Je viens célébrer la victoire (Dalila, Samson, Le Vieillard Hébreu)
Samson et Dalila - Acte I : Danse des prêtresses
Samson et Dalila - Acte I : Printemps qui commence (Dalila, Le Vieillard Hébreu)
Samson et Dalila - Acte II : Prélude
Samson et Dalila - Acte II : Samson, recherchant ma présence (Dalila)
Samson et Dalila - Acte II : J'ai gravi la montagne (Le Grand-Prêtre, Dalila)
Samson et Dalila - Acte II : Qu'importe à Dalila ton or ? (Dalila, Le Grand-Prêtre)
Samson et Dalila - Acte II : Il faut, pour assouvir ma haine (Dalila, Le Grand-Prêtre)
Samson et Dalila - Acte II : Samson, me disais-tu, dans ces lieux (Le Grand-Prêtre, Dalila)
Samson et Dalila - Acte II : En ces lieux, malgré moi, m'ont ramené mes pas... (Samson, Dalila)
Samson et Dalila - Acte II : Qu'importe à mon coeur désolé (Dalila, Samson)
Samson et Dalila - Acte II : Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix comme s'ouvrent les fleurs (Dalila)
Samson et Dalila - Acte II : Mais ! non ! que dis-je ? hélas, la triste Dalila (Dalila, Samson)
Samson et Dalila - Acte III : Vois ma misère, hélas ! vois ma détresse ! (Samson, Les Hébreux)
Samson et Dalila - Acte III : L'aube qui blanchit déjà les coteaux (Les Philistins)
Samson et Dalila - Acte III : Bacchanale
Samson et Dalila - Acte III : Salut ! Salut au juge d'Israël (Le Grand-Prêtre, Les Philistins, Samson)
Samson et Dalila - Acte III : Laisse-moi prendre ta main (Dalila, Les Philistins, Samson)
Samson et Dalila - Acte III : Allons, Samson, divertis-nous (Le Grand-Prêtre, Samson, Les Philistins)
Samson et Dalila - Acte III : Viens, Dalila, rendre grâce à nos dieux (Le Grand-Prêtre, Dalila, Les Philistins)
Samson et Dalila - Acte III : Guidez ses pas vers le milieu du temple (Le Grand-Prêtre, Samson, Les Philistins, Dalila)
Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra in A minor, Op. 102: First movement: Allegro
Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra in A minor, Op. 102: Second movement: Andante
Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra in A minor, Op. 102: Third movement: Vivace non troppo
Messiaen: Concert à quatre (1990-1991) - 1. Entrée
Messiaen: Concert à quatre (1990-1991) - 2. Vocalise
Messiaen: Concert à quatre (1990-1991) - 3. Cadenza
Messiaen: Concert à quatre (1990-1991) - 4. Rondeau
Invocation des Nymphes. Entrée de Daphnis et de Chloé
Danse des Jeunes Filles autour de Daphnis
Le désir de Dorcon pour Chloé
Daphnis réaffirme son amour pour Chloé. La compétition de Dorcon et Daphnis pour un baiser de Chloé
Danse grotesque de Dorcon
Danse légère et gracieuse de Daphnis
Le triomphe de Daphnis et l'union extatique avec Chloé
Tentative de séduction du Lycéion et danse des voiles
Invasion des Pirates et les efforts sans succès de Daphnis pour sauver Chloé
Invocation à Pan par les Nymphes
Interlude / Interlude
Danse guerrière des Pirates
Bryaxis ordonne d'amener la captive
Danse suppliante de Chloé
L'atmosphère se charge d'éléments insolites. Entrée des chèvres-pieds. La terre s'entrouvre
Lever de Soleil, Daphnis prostré devant la grotte de Nymphes
Daphnis et Chloé sont réunis
Dapnis et Chloé miment l'aventure de Pan et de Syrinx
Abandonnant leurs rôles, les amoureux s'embrassent et s'agenouillent devant l'autel des Nymphes
Entrée des jeunes filles et des jeunes gens, agitant des tambourins. Un joyeux tumulte domine en l'honneur du triomphe des amoureux
Bizet: L'Arlésienne Suite No.1 - Prélude
Bizet: L'Arlésienne Suite No.1 - Minuetto
Bizet: L'Arlésienne Suite No.1 - Adagietto
Bizet: L'Arlésienne Suite No.1 - Carillon
Bizet: L'Arlésienne Suite No.2 - Pastorale
Bizet: L'Arlésienne Suite No.2 - Intermezzo
Bizet: L'Arlésienne Suite No.2 - Menuet
Bizet: L'Arlésienne Suite No.2 - Farandole
Cello Concerto (Tout un monde lointain): I. Enigme (Très libre et flexible)
Cello Concerto (Tout un monde lointain): II. Regard (Extrêmement calme)
Cello Concerto (Tout un monde lointain): III. Houles (Large et ample)
Cello Concerto (Tout un monde lointain): IV. Miroirs (Lent et extatique)
Cello Concerto (Tout un monde lointain): V. Hymne (Allegro)
1. Rêveries. Passions (Largo - Allegro agitato ed appassionato assai)
2. Un bal (Valse: Allegro non troppo)
3. Scène aux champs (Adagio)
4. Marche au supplice (Allegretto non troppo)
5. Songe d'une nuit du Sabbat (Larghetto - Allegro - Ronde du Sabbat: Poco meno mosso)
1. Moderato
2. Tempo di valse
3. Scherzo (Vivace)
4. Larghetto
5. Finale (Allegro vivace)
1. Moderato, quasi marcia
2. Minuetto (Tempo di minuetto)
3. Andante con moto
4. Finale (Allegro molto)
Bacalov: Misa Tango per mezzo-soprano, Bandoneon solista, Coro misto e Orchestra - Kyrie Andante "Senor ten piedad de nosotros"
Bacalov: Misa Tango per mezzo-soprano, Bandoneon solista, Coro misto e Orchestra - Gloria Gloria a Dios en las altuas
Bacalov: Misa Tango per mezzo-soprano, Bandoneon solista, Coro misto e Orchestra - Credo Tempo di Milonga - Condombe "Credo en unico Dios"
Bacalov: Misa Tango per mezzo-soprano, Bandoneon solista, Coro misto e Orchestra - Sanctus Lento flessibile - Moderato (Allegretto) "Santo, santo Senor Dio"
Bacalov: Misa Tango per mezzo-soprano, Bandoneon solista, Coro misto e Orchestra - Agnus Dei Andante "Cordero de Dios"
1. Introitus: Requiem aeternam - Kyrie
2. Offertorium: Domine Jesu Christe
3. Sanctus
4. Pie Jesu
5. Agnus Dei
6. Libera me
7. In paradisum
Introït
Kyrie
Domine Jesu Christe
Sanctus
Pie Jesu
Agnus Dei
Lux Aeterna
Libera me
In paradisum
Scène 1. "Le vieil hiver a fait place au printemps"
Ronde des Paysans. "Les bergers quittent leurs troupeaux"
Scène 2. "Mais d'un éclat guerrier"
Marche hongroise
Scène 3. "Sans regrets j'ai quitté les riantes campagnes"
Chant de la fête de Pâques. "Christ vient de ressusciter!"
"Hélas! doux chant du ciel"
Scène 4. "O pure émotion!"
Scène 5. Choeur de buveurs. "A boire encor!"
Chanson de Brander. "Certain rat, dans une cuisine"
Fugue sur le thème de la chanson. "Amen"
"Vrai Dieu, messieurs"
Chanson de Méphistophélès. "Une puce gentille"
"Assez! fuyons ces lieux"
Scène 6. Air de Méphistophélès. "Voici des roses"
Songe de Faust. "Dors! heureux Faust"
Ballet des Sylphes
Scène 7. "Margarita!"
Choeur de soldats: "Villes entourées de murs et de remparts"
Chanson d'étudiants:"Jam nox stellata velamina pandit"
Villes entourées / Jam nox stellata
Tambours et trompettes sonnant la retraite
Scène 8. Air de Faust. "Merci, doux crépuscule!"
Scène 9. "Je l'entends"
Scène 10. "Que l'air est étouffant"
Le roi de Thulé (Chanson gothique). "Autrefois un roi de Thulé"
Scène 11. Evocation. "Esprits des flammes inconstantes"
Menuet des Follets
Sérénade de Méphistophélès. "Devant la maison"
Scène 13. "Grands dieux!"
Trio et choeur. (Duo:) "Ange adoré"
Scène 14. "Allons, il est trop tard!"
"Je connais donc enfin"
Scène 15. Romance. "D'amour l'ardente flamme"
"Au son des trompettes"
Scène 16. Invocation à la Nature. "Nature immense"
Scène 17. Récitatif et Chasse. "A la voûte azurée"
Scène 18. La course à l'abîme. "Dans mon choeur retentit sa voix"
Scène 19. Pandaemonium. "Has! Irimiru Karabrao!"
"Tradioun marexil firtrudinxé burrudixé"
Scène 20. Epilogue sur la terre. "Alors, l'enfer se tut"
Scène 21. Le Ciel. "Laus! Laus!"
Apothéose de Marguerite. "Remonte au ciel, âme naïve"
Viens! les vierges divines


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