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Asian Music for String Quartet

Asian Music for String Quartet

This programme brings together aesthetic and musical elements of East and West. Zhou Long captures the essence of the Chinese plucked ch’in, and Cambodian aesthetics are preserved in Chinary Ung’s expressive Spiral III. Tan Dun’s Eight Colors combines the exotic timbres of Peking Opera with Second Viennese School tonalities. Gao Ping’s Bright Light and Cloud Shadows has been admired for its ‘long-breathed brush strokes’ (Washington Post). Taking its inspiration from James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake, Toru Takemitsu’s be­autifully crafted A Way a Lone evokes a shimmering sound world.

November 2012 Naxos Classical Catalogue no 8.572488
Producer: Norbert Kraft & Bonnie Silver
Engineer: Norbert Kraft


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Track Listing

Zhou Long: Song of the Ch'in 


Chinary Ung: Spiral III


Goa Ping: Bright Light and Cloud Shadows


Toru Takemitsu: A Way a Lone


Tan Dun: Eight Colors

i. No. 1: Peking Opera

ii. No. 2: Shadows

iii. No. 3: Pink Actress

iv. No. 4: Black Dance

v. No. 5: Zen

vi. No. 6: Drum and Gong

vii. No. 7: Cloudiness

viii. No. 8: Red Sona

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