ISANG YUN (1917-1995): Symphony No. 1, MUAK - Tänzerische Fantasie.
Catalogue Number: 02N065
Description: State Symphony Orchestra of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea; Kim Byung-Hwa (symphony), Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra; Hans Zender (MUAK). The symphony, from the early 1980s, marks something of a departure from the aggressively modernist, even avant-garde, tendencies of Yun's style in previous decades. The orchestra is used conventionally, and while not exactly tonal, the interplay of themes suggests the discursive dialectic of traditional symphonic form. Distinct character is given to specific groups of instrumental timbres and pitch registers, creating the impression of programmatic content, a dialogue and conflict between spiritual elevation and earthly discord. MUAK is a stylized interpretation of tradition Korean court dance music, juxtaposing western dance forms with explicitly eastern-sounding material, with characteristic bending of pitches, the whole based on underlying motoric rhythms. Original 1986 release.