℗ 2004 BIS Records

Zhou Long: Rhymes (Orchestral Music)

Shanghai Quartet, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Lan Shui

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Poems from Tang (version for String Quartet and Orchestra)  
I. Hut Among the Bamboo, by Wang Wei (701-706)
Zhou Long; Shanghai Quartet; Singapore Symphony Orchestra; Lan Shui
II. Old Fisherman, by Liu Zongyuan (773 - 819)
Zhou Long; Shanghai Quartet; Singapore Symphony Orchestra; Lan Shui
III. Hearing the Monk Xun, Play the Qin by Li Bai (701 - 762)
Zhou Long; Shanghai Quartet; Singapore Symphony Orchestra; Lan Shui
IV. Song of Eight Unruly Tipsy Poets, by Du Fu (712 - 770)
Zhou Long; Shanghai Quartet; Singapore Symphony Orchestra; Lan Shui
The Rhyme of Taigu  
I. Andante
Zhou Long; Singapore Symphony Orchestra; Lan Shui
II. Lento and Accelerando
Zhou Long; Singapore Symphony Orchestra; Lan Shui
III. Presto
Zhou Long; Singapore Symphony Orchestra; Lan Shui
Da Qu  
I. San Xu (Prelude in Tempo a piacere)
Zhou Long; Jonathan Fox; Singapore Symphony Orchestra; Lan Shui
II. Zhong Xu (Middle part in Adagio)
Zhou Long; Jonathan Fox; Singapore Symphony Orchestra; Lan Shui
III. Po (Development and Coda in Presto - Andantino)
Zhou Long; Jonathan Fox; Singapore Symphony Orchestra; Lan Shui
The Future of Fire
Zhou Long; Singapore Philharmonic Chamber Choir; Singapore Symphony Orchestra; Lan Shui
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    68:06
"Five Stars ... a hugely seductive disc, full of gorgeous tunes and beautiful, intricate orchestral effects ... melds Chinese and Western classical music in a highly persuasive way. The performances are fiercely committed and highlight the sparkling colours of Zhou's unique soundworld ..."
- BBC Music Magazine

"In 'limiting' himself to a Western orchestra (except for additional and varied percussion) in this programme, (Zhou Long) has in a sense set himself a greater challenge and succeeds admirably. What impresses most about these four works are the breadth of orchestral colours Zhou manipulates and how the musical drama grows directly out of those colours ... sounds of nature as well as intimations of mist, clouds, flames and dreams emerge within fugitive rustling, burbling and murmuring timbres, in contrast with full ensemble passages reminiscent of Stravinsky’s orchestral palette in The Firebird ... BIS’s engineering captures the wide dynamic range of the music vividly and conductor Lan Shui and the Singapore musicians present everything in the best possible light."
- Fanfare

First released in 2004, this album offers a sampling of Zhou Long's unique body of orchestral works that bring together concepts and musical elements from East and West. Lan Shui leads various combinations of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, the Shanghai Quartet and the Philharmonic Chamber Choir Singapore on these selections which include Da Qu, featuring guest percussionist Jonathan Fox.
44.1 kHz / 24-bit PCM – BIS Records Studio Masters

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