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Xiaoyong Chen: Qian & Yan (24/48 FLAC)

Xiaoyong Chen: Qian & Yan (24/48 FLAC)

Xiaoyong Chen: Qian & Yan (24/48 FLAC)

Composer: Xiaoyong Chen
Performer: E-MEX Ensemble
Conductor: Christoph Maria Wagner
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: Col Legno
Catalogue: COL20449
Release: 2021
Size: 625 MB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

01. Wasserzeichen
02. Yang Shen
03. DUI and HUA
04. Speechlessness, Clearness and Ease
05. Qian & Yan

In his music, Xiaoyong Chen likes to strike a constant balancing act between his origins in Beijing and Hamburg, which he has made his home, where he studied with György Ligeti, and where he has been teaching composition and intercultural mediation since 2013. His compositions are, in a manner of speaking, “west- eastern travelling parties”: To the classical inventory of European instruments, he introduces the sounds of Chinese instruments that have several thousands of years of history to them. Among those are the sheng, a mouth organ, the guzheng, a plucked zither, the pipá, the four-stringed “Chinese lute”, and the yangqin (similar to a Western dulcimer). Chen brings the occasionally resulting sharp cultural differences, the seemingly incongruent musical material, and his understanding of music all together in a melting pot. From all of this, he creates fascinating and ever-new, original, serious concoctions. As part of this process, Chen asks: “Will the art of the future be based on tradition?”, only to add, matter-of-factly: “If so, why?”.

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