Dialogue

East Meets West

Imagine you are a composer, commissioned to write a work for two, primarily diatonic woodwind instruments, each possessing distinctive tone colors, a long history and strong cultural associations. You are writing music to be performed by two consummate masters of their instruments who can do virtually anything! Your biggest challenge is that you must somehow express the concept of “East Meets West.” This was the creative concept that shaped the recording ”Dialgoue: East Meets West.”

Dialogue - East meets West is the second CD in a series produced by OUR Recordings, entitled East meets West, which has as its name implies, explores the exciting musical potentials of having a dialogue between the two cultures. The first recording, Spirits-East meets West with Chen Yue, on Xiao and Lars Hannibal, on Guitar was released in April 2007. After experiencing the beauty of traditional Chinese music and the possibilities inherent in combining Chinese and Western musical instruments, it became obvious that the next step would be to see what would happen when the recorder and the equivalent Chinese instrument met in - as the Chinese would say - “a friendly encounter”.

”Dialogue – East Meets West” is the result of several years’ discussion and planning. It represents an exploration in sound, featuring ten new compositions by five young Chinese and five young Danish composers. Their works are colorful and varied and provide ten distinctive visions of the musical encounter between China and the West. Whether combining tradition and innovation, eastern and western elements, borrowed or newly created musical resources, each piece is an exploration of how these disparate and seemingly mutually exclusive views can provide new possibilities for creativity and beauty. While the very nature of a ”duet” implies a ”dialogue”, the variety of musical expressions create a ’dialogue within a dialogue’; the unique vision of each composer interacting with the vision of every other composer presented here.

Chinese Flute virtuoso Chen Yue and the First Lady of the Recorder, Michala Petri weave an echanting web of sound. Their musicianship will thrill you; the music they perform will enchant, challenge and entertain you. This is a recording for any listener interested in Contemporary Music – with a twist. fans of the recorder and Michala Petri and any adventurous collector looking to explore beautiful, unfamiliar repertoire recorded in demonstration-quality sound.

  • Michala Petri has performed more than 4000 concerts in the worlds leading festivals and Concert Halls,and has broken down the boundaries of her instrument, the recorder.. Since youth she has followed her wish for musical expansion in various ways, through commissioning more than 150 new works, - including more than 30 recorder concertos, through dialogue with other musical cultures and through developing new playing techniques.

    Recorder

    Michala Petri

  • Chen Yue entered The Central Conservatory of Music in 1993, where she became a full student in 1996. In 2000, she became the first graduate student in Chinese history to major in flute.

    Flute

    Chen Yue

  • Hu Yao (b.1983) entered the Central Conservatory’s Composition Department in 2002. He has travelled to the US, Russia, Italy, Macao, Hong Kong and other locations around the world participating in concerts and academic seminars.

    Composer

    Yao Hu

  • Mette Nielsen’s (b.1985) involvement with music began at the age of 6, when she first learned the accordion.

    Composer

    Mette Nielsen

  • Li Rui (b.1980) began studying piano at the age of 5. Her talent developed early and soon she was performing on various CCTV concert programs broadcast throughout China.

    Composer

    Li Rui

  • Pernille Louse Sejlund (b.1979) began her musical career in the Danish Radio Girls’ Choir where she received her first musical training and was exposed to virtually every musical genre from Renaissance polyphony to the Avant Garde, pop and jazz.

    Composer

    Pernille Louise Sejlund

  • Chen (b.1969) was born in Jiangxi Province in Southeast China and shares a similar name to that of the composer of the famous “Butterfly Lovers” Violin Concerto.

    Composer

    Chen Gang

  • Anders Monrad (b. 1981) began playing the piano at the age of 6, and started composing as a teenager. Monrad received his undergraduate degree from Copenhagen University and Business School.

    Composer

    Anders Monrad

  • In 2002 Siqin Chaoketu (b.1969) started his Master’s degree at the Composition Department of the China Central University for Nationalities graduating in July 2005.

    Composer

    Siqin Chaoketu

  • Rofelt (b.1982) made his debut as a composer in 2001 at Tivoli Gardens Concert Hall, with a performance of one of his orchestral works. He began composing in his teens and started classes in composition, heory and instrumentation with Karsten Fundal while still in High school. As a composition student at The Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen he studied with Niels Rosing-Schow and Bent Sørensen.

    Composer

    Kasper Rofelt

  • Chen Ruomei (b.1979) attended the China Conservatory of Music, where she majored in composition and theory, studying with Yang Qing.

    Composer

    Ruomei Chen

  • Benjamin de Murashkin (b.1981) was born in Denmark, but at the age of one moved to Australia with his family, where he lived for 21 years before returning to his country of birth.

    Composer

    Benjamin de Murashkin

Reviews

Dialogue

Michala Petri spiller så ørerne blafrer. Politiken DK

Henrik Friis, Politiken DK

Dialogue

Musical Pointers UK

Peter Grahame Woolf, Musical Pointers UK 03.06.2012

Dialogue

I looked for some fault, to moderate such fulsome praise, but could find none. International Record Review (UK)

Martin Anderson ,International Record Review (UK)

Dialogue

Performance 5 stars, recording 5 stars. BBC Music Magazine.

Michael Church, BBC Music Magazine

Dialogue

Ensemble (Germany) 5 out of 5 Stars!

Dieter Steppuhn, Ensemble Magazine, Germany

Dialogue

there's no high-frequency distortion, no extraneous noise, no strange coloration, nothing but the natural sounds of the instruments Fabfare US

James Reel, Fanfare US

Dialogue

CD of the Week!- Klassik Heute (Germany)10/10/10 (Maximum rating!)

Heinz Braun, Klassik Heute, Germany

Dialogue

Fono Forum (Germany)
Music 4 stars out of 5 stars Klang 5 stars

N-H Fono Forum, Germany

Dialogue

it is a singular and pleasant, but by no means altogether unchallenging, musical journey that is an ideal offering for taking in the season of spring. All Music Guide (USA)

Uncle Dave Lewis, All Music Guide (USA)

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