Isang Yun: Chamber Symphony I; Tapis pour cords; Gong-Hu (2006)
Rana Park, harp; Korean Chamber Ensemble; Piotr Borkowski, conductor
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 294 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 151 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.557938 | Time: 01:01:01
Korean-born but a political exile in Germany for the last 25 years of his life, Isang Yun (1917-1995) managed to create a workable synthesis between western and eastern traditions, which fused a musical language based upon the total serialism of the post-war avant garde with elements drawn from both Korean and Chinese traditional styles. The three pieces here, all composed in the 1980s, show just how expressively effective that synthesis could be. In the First Chamber Symphony, it allows Yun to create a richly cushioned sound-world, full of shimmering textures, hazy microtones and supple, swooping gestures, while the rich string layering and urgent melodic writing of Tapis and the evocations of the sound of the Chinese harp in Gong-Hu, for solo harp and string orchestra, create music that is instantly attractive, even if the details of its inner workings are not always obvious.