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Christine J. Lee, Henry Kramer: Voyage (24/96 FLAC)

Christine J. Lee, Henry Kramer: Voyage (24/96 FLAC)

Christine J. Lee, Henry Kramer: Voyage (24/96 FLAC)

Composer: Samuel Barber, Elliott Carter, Eugene Ysaÿe, Jacques Brel, François Rauber, Gerard Jouannest
Performer: Christine J. Lee, Henry Kramer
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: Fuga Libera
Release: 2021
Size: 1.14 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

Barber: Sonata in C Minor, Op. 6 in C Minor
01. I. Allegro ma non troppo
02. II. Adagio
03. III. Allegro appassionata

Carter, E: Sonata for Cello and Piano
04. I. Moderato
05. II. Vivace, molto Allegro
06. III. Adagio
07. IV. Allegro

08. Ysaÿe: Méditation, in B Minor, Op. 16
09. anon.: Arirang Variations
10. Brel, Rauber: Litanies pour un retour
11. Brel, Rauber: Isabelle
12. Brel, Jouannest: La Chanson des vieux amants

Growing up in two very different and, at times, conflicting cultures, music has always been the bridge that connects the different phases and places of my life. In this debut album, I wanted to capture my journey as a person and a musician. Arirang is a well-known Korean folk song in which the lyrics portray the pain and yearning of a lost love. Baek took this simple tune and turned it into a virtuosic and melismatic saga of self-discovery. Young Barber’s expressive and hopeful voice in his Cello Sonata captures the spirit of the American Dream, the wide-eyed optimism that anything is possible. Written only about a decade later, I relate the rhythmic complexity of Carter’s Sonata to another intersection on my continuing yet irregular journey. The fluidity of time, bursts of energy, and rhythmic liveliness are some of the most apparent characteristics of this piece. Finally, Henry and I chose to record the rarely heard Ysaÿe’s Meditation and Jacques Brel songs to express our gratitude to Belgium. We have both experienced such warmth and support there, and it is the place where our collaboration started. I hope this album is emblematic of bridging different cultures and journeys together.

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