UNSUK CHIN 3 Concertos/ Myung-Whun Chung

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UNSUK CHIN

Three Concertos

Piano Concerto (1996/1997)
Cello Concerto (2008/2009, rev. 2013)
Su for sheng and orchestra (2009)
Sunwook Kim · Alban Gerhardt · Wu Wei
Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra
Myung-Whun Chung
Int. Release 17 Jun. 2014
1 CD / Download
0289 481 0971 5 CD DDD GH
World Premiere Recordings


Track List

Unsuk Chin (1961 - )
Piano Concerto

1.
4:08

Piano Concerto

2.
9:05

Piano Concerto

3.
4:53

Piano Concerto

4.
4:37

Myung Whun Chung, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Sunwook Kim

Cello Concerto

Cello Concerto

6.
2:57

Cello Concerto

7.
8:06

Cello Concerto

8.
7:16

Myung Whun Chung, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Alban Gerhardt

Myung Whun Chung, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Wei Wu

Total Playing Time 1:12:10

Chin's "Piano Concerto" opens with sparkling showers of piano, flute and high strings, developing a gently implacable tread of piano as orchestral colours grow more intense . . . it's the "Su for Sheng and Orchestra" that stands out: a bamboo mouth-organ capable, under virtuoso Wu Wei, of sounds evanescent and emotive, the sheng resembles organ, synthesizer and accordion in a flowing dialogue with strings and percussion, dictating the orchestral response.

The Cello Concerto . . . is the biggest and most ambitious of the three, and arguably the most important concerto for that instrument to appear since Lutoslawski's in 1970. The solo writing pushes the cellist -- the superb Alban Gerhardt -- to the limits of the possible . . . [Piano Concerto]: as the soloist Sunwook Kim shows, the total effect is undeniably brilliant and effective . . . ["Su" for sheng and orchestra]: [it's Wu Wei's] extraordinary virtuosity that allows [Unsuk Chin] to create such original textures, with the sheng adding a reedy edge to the slowly shifting chords, or a shimmering haze to the more swiftly moving passages. The effects are beautifully judged and, as in all the works here, meticulously realised by the Seoul Philharmonic under Myung-Whun Chung.