Sound Lounge for Friday 16 September 2016
Forbidden City Chamber Orchestra and New Zealand String Quartet
L to R - Jiao Shanlin (perc), Shen Cheng (huqin), Liu Shun (conductor), Rolf Gjelsten (cello), Yang Jing (pipa), Doug Beilman (vln), Helene Pohl (vln), Dylan Lardelli (composer), Xiao Ma (countertenor), Jack Body (composer), Wang Hua (fls), Gillian Ansell (vla), Zhao Chengwei (sanxian), Yang Lin (zheng), Wang Yang (sheng), Luo Yuan (qin), Wei Wei (ruan), Zhang Zunlian (erhu). Photo taken in Jingshan Park, before the first concert at the Forbidden City Concert Hall, Beijing.
In a global first, the Forbidden City Chamber Orchestra and the New Zealand String Quartet commissioned seven New Zealand and Chinese composers to write music for their ensembles. Kate Mead visited the project’s HQ in Beijing during December 2013 and spoke with the musicians and composers about their lives, their instruments, their music and the successes and challenges of this innovative project.
Thanks to Lin Yan for the recordings of the works.
TRAD arr Gao Weijie: Three Strains of Yang Pass
Xiao Ma (countertenor), The Forbidden City CO
SMPH/SLAV CD 13211
JACK BODY: Beat
The Forbidden City CO, New Zealand String Quartet
SMPH/SLAV CD 13211
NZTrio - Wellington Moon Festival
GAO PING: Excerpts from Su Xie Si Ti (Four Sketches)
A couple of tracks from the album Unemployed by Norwegian electro-acoustic duo Alog whose music has been described as "whimsical, frightening, sentimental, and atmospheric, often at the same time".
ALOG: Bømlo Brenn Om Natta; Orgosolo I
Dag-Are Haugan, Espen Sommer Eide (electro-acoustics)
Rune Grammofon RCD 2116
PHILIP HAMMOND: Piano Concerto
Michael McHale (pno), RTÉ National SO/Courtenay Lewis
RTÉLyric FM CD 150
11:00 New Music Dreams
MAX RICHTER: A selection from the soundtrack to The Leftovers
Max Richter (pno, electronics)
Water Tower Music
MAX RICHTER: Songs From Before
Max Richter (pno, electronics), Louisa Fuller/Natalia Bonner (vlns), John Metcalfe (vla), Ian Burdge, Chris Worsey (cellos), Robert Wyatt (reader)
DG 479 5566