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Guan: Symphony No. 2 "Hope" / Shao, Nuremberg Symphony


Release Date: 05/13/2016 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8570618   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Guan Xia
Conductor:  En Shao
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The music of renowned Chinese composer Xia Guan has been received with acclaim in Moscow, Vienna, Tokyo and New York. The solemn first movement of Earth Requiem, a commemoration of the devastating 2008 Sichuan earthquake, is heard here in an orchestral version that depicts ‘the suffering people who gaze upwards’. The epic Symphony No. 2 ‘Hope’ is a reflection upon the co-existence of good and evil in mankind, agony and hope, in music of considerable breadth and increasing warmth. Heroic drama animates the vividly scored Symphonic Ballade, which draws on the music of Guan’s opera Sorrowful Dawn, the story of China’s War of Liberation following the end of World War Two. The music of renowned Chinese composer Xia Guan has been received with acclaim in Moscow, Vienna, Tokyo and New York. The solemn first movement of Earth Requiem, a commemoration of the devastating 2008 Sichuan earthquake, is heard here in an orchestral version that depicts ‘the suffering people who gaze upwards’. The epic Symphony No. 2 ‘Hope’ is a reflection upon the co-existence of good and evil in mankind, agony and hope, in music of considerable breadth and increasing warmth. Heroic drama animates the vividly scored Symphonic Ballade, which draws on the music of Guan’s opera Sorrowful Dawn, the story of China’s War of Liberation following the end of World War Two. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony No. 2 "Hope" by Guan Xia
Conductor:  En Shao
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1999 
2.
Earth Requiem: I. Gazing at the Stars. Meditation by Guan Xia
Conductor:  En Shao
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1999 
3.
Sorrowful Dawn by Guan Xia
Conductor:  En Shao
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2000 

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