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Sheng: Northern Lights / Various

Sheng / Zhu / Bournaki
Release Date: 07/14/2017 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8579014  
Composer:  Bright Sheng
Performer:  Julian SchwarzMarika BournakiYoobin SonDan Zhu,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
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Acclaimed Chinese/American composer Bright Sheng has been fascinated by folk music for his entire career and Northern Lights is his first work to use Scandinavian folk music, exploring its kinship with American sources such as Appalachian and Bluegrass music. Inspired by ancient Chinese poetry, Melodies of a Flute captures deep and sensuous moods of love and longing, while Hot Pepper refers to the spicy cuisine of Si Chuan province. Bright Sheng combines Chinese and Western musical ideas to create luminous, deeply expressive and rhythmic scores, giving new meaning to the idea of music as a universal language. Acclaimed Chinese/American composer Bright Sheng has been fascinated by folk music for his entire career and Northern Lights is his first work to use Scandinavian folk music, exploring its kinship with American sources such as Appalachian and Bluegrass music. Inspired by ancient Chinese poetry, Melodies of a Flute captures deep and sensuous moods of love and longing, while Hot Pepper refers to the spicy cuisine of Si Chuan province. Bright Sheng combines Chinese and Western musical ideas to create luminous, deeply expressive and rhythmic scores, giving new meaning to the idea of music as a universal language. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Northern Lights by Bright Sheng
Performer:  Julian Schwarz (Cello), Marika Bournaki (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2009; United States 
2.
Melodies of a Flute by Bright Sheng
Performer:  Julian Schwarz (Cello), Yoobin Son (Flute), Dan Zhu (Violin),
Pius Cheung (Marimba)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2011; United States 
3.
Movements (4) for Piano Trio by Bright Sheng
Performer:  Trey Chui-yee Lee (Cello), Dan Zhu (Violin), Bright Sheng (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1990; United States 
4.
Sweet May Again by Bright Sheng
Performer:  Robert Black (Double Bass), David Friend (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2007; United States 
5.
Hot Pepper by Bright Sheng
Performer:  Dan Zhu (Violin), Pius Cheung (Marimba)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2010; United States 

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