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Dim Sum - Zhou Long, Lei Liang, Tan Dun, Etc / Ying Quartet


Release Date: 01/15/2008 
Label:  Telarc   Catalog #: 80690   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Zhou LongChen YiBright ShengGe Gan-Ru,   ... 
Performer:  David YingJanet YingPhillip YingTimothy Ying
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ying String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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DIM SUM Ying Qrt TELARC 80690 (64:59)


Z. LONG Song of the Ch’in. CHEN YI Shuo. SHENG String Quartet No. 4, “Silent Temple”: Mvt. 2; Mvt. 4. GE String Quartet No. 1, “Fu.” FUNG Read more String Quartet, “Pizzicato.” LIANG String Quartet, “ Gobi Gloria.” CHOU String Quartet No. 1, “Clouds”: Leggeriezza; Larghetto nostalgico. TAN Eight Colors: Drum and Gong. Cloudiness; Red Sona


For the uninitiated, dim sum is a Chinese meal, usually brunch, consisting of small fish- or meat-filled dumplings, noodle and rice dishes, and other bite-size servings. For this collection of music by contemporary Chinese composers, the Naumburg Chamber Music Award-winning Ying Quartet has selected short pieces or excerpted movements from longer works. Though the composers represented span three different generations (the 1950s, the 1970s, and Chou Wen-Chung, born in 1923), their music is remarkably similar, perhaps because they are drawing from the same ancient, rich tradition of songs, modes, instruments, and instrumental techniques to adapt into these evocative, impressionist vignettes for string quartet.


Several of the works, such as Zhou Long’s Song of the Ch’in , Vivian Fung’s “Pizzicato,” and Lei Liang’s “Gobi Gloria,” have the quartet members mimic specific instruments like the ch’in (a type of plucked zither), the pipa (Chinese lute), and the Mongolian morin khuur (fiddle), obtaining string glisses, hazy harmonics, and florid melismatic melodies—some of them no more “exotic” than those heard in Bartók’s quartets or Ligeti’s string music. “Gobi Gloria,” influenced by Mongolian folk music, is especially interesting in that the instruments frequently do not accompany the primary melodic line, but create rhythmic underpinning or additional melodic layers, often with varying speeds and textures. Chou Wen-Chung’s two pieces, taken from a larger work subtitled “Clouds,” and Ge Gen-ru’s “Fu”—the longest and most dramatic of these works—each reflect their composer’s fascination with the ritualistic, artistic practice of calligraphy, having individual lines, like spontaneous brush strokes, hover and then combine with other lines into contrapuntal patterns. Chen Yi’s Shuo presents the most provocative blend of Eastern and Western harmonies, with passages reminiscent of Ravel or Debussy alternating with pentatonic modes and ornamented vocal-like gestures. The best-known of the composers, Tan Dun, offers the briefest pieces, three miniatures that showcase exaggerated attacks and effects without any development or song material—so short, however, that one wonders why the group didn’t include the complete work, eight such pieces in all.


The Ying Quartet exhibits marvelous control, versatility, and dazzling color in its performances of these unfamiliar but charming and accessible works.


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Works on This Recording

1. Song of the Ch'in by Zhou Long
Performer:  David Ying (Cello), Janet Ying (Violin), Phillip Ying (Viola),
Timothy Ying (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ying String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1982; China 
Venue:  Rosch Recital Hall, SUNY Fredonia 
Length: 8 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Notes: Rosch Recital Hall, SUNY Fredonia (05/20/2007 - 05/23/2007) 
2. Shuo by Chen Yi
Performer:  David Ying (Cello), Janet Ying (Violin), Phillip Ying (Viola),
Timothy Ying (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ying String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1994; USA 
Venue:  Rosch Recital Hall, SUNY Fredonia 
Length: 8 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Notes: Rosch Recital Hall, SUNY Fredonia (05/20/2007 - 05/23/2007) 
3. Quartet for Strings no 4 "Silent Temple": 2nd movement by Bright Sheng
Performer:  David Ying (Cello), Janet Ying (Violin), Phillip Ying (Viola),
Timothy Ying (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ying String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2000; USA 
Venue:  Rosch Recital Hall, SUNY Fredonia 
Length: 3 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Notes: Rosch Recital Hall, SUNY Fredonia (05/20/2007 - 05/23/2007) 
4. Quartet for Strings no 4 "Silent Temple": 4th movement by Bright Sheng
Performer:  David Ying (Cello), Janet Ying (Violin), Phillip Ying (Viola),
Timothy Ying (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ying String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2000; USA 
Venue:  Rosch Recital Hall, SUNY Fredonia 
Length: 3 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Notes: Rosch Recital Hall, SUNY Fredonia (05/20/2007 - 05/23/2007) 
5. Quartet for Strings no 1 "Fu" by Ge Gan-Ru
Performer:  David Ying (Cello), Janet Ying (Violin), Phillip Ying (Viola),
Timothy Ying (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ying String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1984; China 
Venue:  Rosch Recital Hall, SUNY Fredonia 
Length: 11 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Notes: Rosch Recital Hall, SUNY Fredonia (05/20/2007 - 05/23/2007) 
6. Quartet for Strings: 3rd movement, Pizzicato by Vivian Fung
Performer:  Timothy Ying (Violin), Phillip Ying (Viola), Janet Ying (Violin),
David Ying (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ying String Quartet
Period: 21st Century 
Written: 2001 
Venue:  Rosch Recital Hall, SUNY Fredonia 
Length: 3 Minutes 49 Secs. 
7. Quartet for Strings "Gobi Gloria" by Lei Liang
Performer:  David Ying (Cello), Janet Ying (Violin), Phillip Ying (Viola),
Timothy Ying (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ying String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2006; USA 
Venue:  Rosch Recital Hall, SUNY Fredonia 
Length: 9 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Notes: Rosch Recital Hall, SUNY Fredonia (05/20/2007 - 05/23/2007) 
8. Quartet for Strings no 1 "Clouds": Leggierezza by Chou Wen-chung
Performer:  David Ying (Cello), Janet Ying (Violin), Phillip Ying (Viola),
Timothy Ying (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ying String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1996; USA 
Venue:  Rosch Recital Hall, SUNY Fredonia 
Length: 2 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Notes: Rosch Recital Hall, SUNY Fredonia (05/20/2007 - 05/23/2007) 
9. Quartet for Strings no 1 "Clouds": Larghetto nostalgico by Chou Wen-chung
Performer:  David Ying (Cello), Janet Ying (Violin), Phillip Ying (Viola),
Timothy Ying (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ying String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1996; USA 
Venue:  Rosch Recital Hall, SUNY Fredonia 
Length: 6 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Notes: Rosch Recital Hall, SUNY Fredonia (05/20/2007 - 05/23/2007) 
10. Eight Colors: Drum and Gong by Tan Dun
Performer:  David Ying (Cello), Janet Ying (Violin), Phillip Ying (Viola),
Timothy Ying (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ying String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Venue:  Rosch Recital Hall, SUNY Fredonia 
Length: 1 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Notes: Rosch Recital Hall, SUNY Fredonia (05/20/2007 - 05/23/2007)
Composition written: 1986 - 1988. 
11. Eight Colors: Cloudiness by Tan Dun
Performer:  David Ying (Cello), Janet Ying (Violin), Phillip Ying (Viola),
Timothy Ying (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ying String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Venue:  Rosch Recital Hall, SUNY Fredonia 
Length: 2 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Notes: Rosch Recital Hall, SUNY Fredonia (05/20/2007 - 05/23/2007)
Composition written: 1986 - 1988. 
12. Eight Colors: Red Sona by Tan Dun
Performer:  David Ying (Cello), Janet Ying (Violin), Phillip Ying (Viola),
Timothy Ying (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ying String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Venue:  Rosch Recital Hall, SUNY Fredonia 
Length: 1 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Notes: Rosch Recital Hall, SUNY Fredonia (05/20/2007 - 05/23/2007)
Composition written: 1986 - 1988. 

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