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Yun: Chamber Symphony, Tapis, Gong-hu / Borkowski, Et Al


Release Date: 02/21/2006 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8557938   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Isang Yun
Performer:  Rana Park
Conductor:  Piotr Borkowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Korean Chamber Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Isang Yun's Chamber Symphony infuses Western classical form with Eastern modalities and manner of expression. He uses traditional Western instruments (set in an orchestral sonority reminiscent of Stravinsky) but the sounds they make are anything but. Mewing string portamentos predominate, as does a pervasive two-note toggle rhythm typical of Eastern music. These elements combine to generate a deliberate if not exactly forward-moving pace. Indeed, much of the material seems to circle around itself, and the long central section threatens to bore with its static sameness. Happily the energy and variety pick up again in the last third, closing this large, one-movement work in the same bracing atmosphere with which it began.

Read more /> Tapis is cut pretty much from the same cloth, though it's much briefer and scored only for strings. There's also a greater degree of tension generated by the somewhat agitated writing--immediately dispersed by the placid opening of Gong-Hu, scored for harp and strings. Here Yun's sighing strings combine with the harp's dulcimer-like writing to create an exquisitely serene atmosphere. But edgy harmonies soon intrude, and the strings become strident in their determination to restore the heavenly sounds, which they ultimately accomplish in a work that somehow seems much shorter than its 30-minute timing. Rana Park beautifully renders the challenging harp part, while the Korean Chamber Ensemble plays handsomely under Piotr Borkowski's sensitive and persuasive leadership. Naxos' recording is first rate. In all, this disc is a rewarding experience, especially for those with a taste for the unusual. [3/29/2006]
--Victor Carr Jr, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Quintet for Strings "Tapis" by Isang Yun
Conductor:  Piotr Borkowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Korean Chamber Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987; Korea 
Venue:  National University Concert Hall, Seoul, 
Length: 8 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Notes: National University Concert Hall, Seoul, Korea (08/24/2005 - 08/26/2005) 
2.
Gong-Hu by Isang Yun
Performer:  Rana Park (Harp)
Conductor:  Piotr Borkowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Korean Chamber Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1984; Korea 
Venue:  National University Concert Hall, Seoul, 
Length: 25 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Notes: National University Concert Hall, Seoul, Korea (08/24/2005 - 08/26/2005) 
3.
Chamber Symphony no 1 by Isang Yun
Conductor:  Piotr Borkowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Korean Chamber Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987; Berlin, Germany 
Venue:  National University Concert Hall, Seoul, 
Length: 26 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Notes: National University Concert Hall, Seoul, Korea (08/24/2005 - 08/26/2005) 

Sound Samples

Chamber Symphony I
Tapis (version for string orchestra)
Gong-Hu

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