GORDON CHIN (b.1957): Symphony No. 3 “Taiwan”, Cello Concerto No. 1.

Catalogue Number: 08R078

Label: Naxos

Reference: 8.570615

Format: CD

Price: $11.98

Description: These substantial pieces are in Chin's intensely emotionally direct, very tonal, opulently orchestrated idiom (see also the fine concerti on 03I098), with programmatic intent vividly elucidated in dramatically expressive music. The three movements of the concerto bear literary quotations concerning the transience of life and the fear of what lies outside it, and this sense of unease and the confrontation of a terrifying unknown pervades the whole work. The symphony addresses a different type of struggle; that of the turbulent history of the composer's native Taiwan. This powerful, confrontational piece is in three movements; 'Plunder', 'Dark Night' and 'Upsurge', titles that give an accurate impression of the prevailing character of the music. Even the slow movement, based on a melancholy traditional folksong, is uneasy and punctuated by outbursts of extreme violence, while the dynamic outer movements are full of aggression, tragedy and defiance. Wen-Sinn Yang (cello), Taiwan Philharmonic; Shao-Chia Lü.

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