BRIGHT SHENG (b.1955): My Song for Piano (original 1992 New World Records release), My Other Song for Piano, Dance Capriccio for Piano and String Quartet, String Quartet No. 5 “Miraculous”, A Night at the Chinese Opera for Violin and Piano (Weigang Li [violin], Bright Sheng [piano]).
Catalogue Number: 10R074
Description: Lively, attractive and accessible, Sheng's works achieve a successful synthesis of western concert idioms and traditional Chinese folk melodies and dances. Much of the thematic material is pentatonic, often developed according to a kind of elaborative variation technique found in Chinese (and for that matter many other) folk music, while the contemporary western instrumentation and context is handled deftly and with a refined ear for instrumental character and virtuosity. The Shanghai Quartet, Peter Serkin (piano).