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Chamber Music - SHENG, Bright / LIANG, Lei / FANG, Man / HUANG, Ruo (The Singing Gobi Desert) (Prism Quartet)

Chamber Music - SHENG, Bright / LIANG, Lei / FANG, Man / HUANG, Ruo (The Singing Gobi Desert) (Prism Quartet)

The Classical Shop
release date: July 2014

Originally recorded in 2014

Artists:

Bright Sheng

Conductor

Nove Deypalan

Conductor

Ruo Huang

Conductor

Yihan Chen

Soloist

Jianbing Hu

Soloist

Prism Quartet

Chamber

Venue:

Elm Street Studios, Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, United States

Venue

Record Label
Innova

Genre:

Chamber


Classical

Total Time - 68:24
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Chamber Music - SHENG, Bright / LIANG, Lei / FANG, Man / HUANG, Ruo (The Singing Gobi Desert) (Prism Quartet)

     
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BRIGHT SHENG

1 

The Singing Gobi Desert

20:38
 Jianbing Hu Soloist
  Bright Sheng Conductor
     
 

LEI LIANG

2 

Messages of White

17:28
 Jianbing Hu Soloist
     
 

MAN FANG

3 

Dream of a Hundred Flowers

15:47
 Jianbing Hu Soloist
  Nove Deypalan Conductor
     
 

RUO HUANG

4 

The Three Tenses

14:31
 Yihan Chen Soloist
  Ruo Huang Conductor
     


“The saxophone’s place in the music world is not at all what Adolphe Sax had in mind when he invented the instrument over 150 years ago. Ascendant in the world of jazz, relatively marginal in Sax’s intended field of classical music, and surprisingly adaptable to various forms of non-Western music, the saxophone family is a marvelous accident of musical history,” WNYC’s John Schaefer writes in the liner notes for the PRISM Quartet’s new innova Recordings release, The Singing Gobi Desert.

Partnering here with the ensemble Music from China, PRISM presents works by four Chinese-born American composers: Bright Sheng, Lei Liang, Fang Man, and Huang Ruo. The Singing Gobi Desert reveals that saxophones and Chinese instruments have a natural, if unexpected, affinity. From Bright Sheng’s title track to Fang Man’s “Dream of a Hundred Flowers” this music is no simple fusion or mashup, but rather a deep integration of traditions, as reliant on the PRISM Quartet’s extended techniques — flutter-tonguing, multiphonics, breath blasts, and key clicks — as on the composers’ abilities to imagine new sound worlds.

For nearly 30 years, PRISM has stood at the vanguard of new music ensembles, commissioning works across a broad spectrum of styles, and demonstrating the saxophone’s versatility. The Singing Gobi Desert embodies PRISM’s commitment to honoring the past and leading the way to the future through relentlessly creative collaboration.

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