ISANG YUN (1917-1995): The Art of, Vol. 8 - Images for Flute, Oboe, Violin and Cello (Aurèle Nicolet [flute], Heinz Holliger [oboe], Hansheinz Schneeberger [violin], Thomas Demenga [cello]. July 1, 1985), Piri for Clarinet, Riul for Clarinet and Piano (Eduard Brunner [clarinet], Aloys Kontarsky [piano]. Nov. 25/6, 1982), Sonata for Oboe, Harp and Viola (Holliger [oboe], Ursula Holliger [harp], Hirofumi Fukai [viola]. April 30, 1980).
Catalogue Number: 07M113
Description: mages and Riul were both composed in 1968, while the composer was a prisoner in South Korea, accused of spying for the North. Images was inspired by tomb paintings from the 6th/7th century depicting protecting animal-gods associated with elements and seasons, which in one image are blended into a composite entity. The four instruments play material of specific characteristics, representing the creatures, and their interaction symbolizes the convergence of the four images into a single one. The material is ornate and colorful, frequently highlighted by glissandi and sliding, 'bent' tones from outside the western harmonic canon. Riul consists of a long, melismatic clarinet line, much ornamented, and illuminated by the piano part, which is frequently percussive and quite different in character from the clarinet material. Piri is the name of a traditional Korean instrument like an oboe, of which the playing style is emulated on the concert instrument (either an oboe or as here, clarinet). Multiphonics and microtonal inflections of the extended lyrical line suggest traditions outside the western concert hall, though as in all thee works, the resources of the then contemporary avant garde are fully utilized. The sonata (1979) was written for the Holligers, and inspired by a traditional story of love and separation, a metaphor for the divided Korea, like the Double Concerto. The music is less stridently modernist than the earlier works, with a strong lyrical element, especially in the sensuous central slow movement.