GE GAN-RU (b.1954): Shanghai Reminiscences, Butterfly Overture.
Catalogue Number: 01Q064
Description: Those of you who know this Chinese-American composer through his earlier, avant-garde influenced music will be shocked by the utter tunefulness and approachability of his 2009 Shanghai Remeniscences, commissioned for the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic. A 52-minute work in two sections - My Childhood and Cultural Revolution - Awakening - this is Ge meeting Copland and Bernstein instead of Cage and Crumb. Much of Childhood could be music for a film documentary of pre-Cultural Revolution Shanghai, complete with bird-song, temple bells, traffic noise, pedlar's cries and so on. The chaos of the Cultural Revolution is also represented with tonal music, with a solo violin, representing the young composer and violin student, prominent in three sections. With the 15-minute Butterfly Overture, Ge's tribute to his teacher Chen Gang, author of the ubiqutious Butterfly Lovers concerto, as an even more conventionally lyrical supplement, this release has the widest possible appeal. Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Tsung Yeh.