ISANG YUN (1917-1995): The Art of, Vol. 6 - Loyang for Chamber Ensemble (Members of the State Symphony Orchestra of North Korea; Francis Travis. Rec. 1985), Pièce Concertante for Chamber Ensemble (Chamber Ensemble of Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra; Hans Zender. Rec. 1979), Salomo for Alto Flute (Roswitha Staege. Rec. 1985), Gong-Hu for Harp and String Orchestra, In Balance for Harp (Ursula Holliger [harp], Camerata Bern; Heinz Holliger. Rec. 1989).
Catalogue Number: 06L124
Description: Loyang immediately predates Yun's acceptance as a major figure in the international avant garde in the 1960s. Like many of his ensemble pieces form that period, it blends complex heterophonic textures with inflections derived from traditional Chinese and Korean music. A decade and a half later, the 'Concert Piece' sounds more westernized, with an attractive tendency to resolve into lyrical expression and harmonic stability at key points, in an atmosphere of intimacy and introversion. Gong-Hu (1984) is a harp concerto, harmonically rich and very lyrical, evoking the ancient traditions of the harp in the East. While by no means conservative in idiom, the work entirely avoids the fragmentary nature of earlier pieces in favour of a warm, saturated texture in which the inflections of traditional Chinese music are still plainly audible. The harp solo, created, like the concerto, for Ursula Holliger, is a tender, visionary meditation, effective and atmospheric.