New Music for Orchestra
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music of kawai shiu :
"....scene after scene of mesmerizing music."
la rosée fond
twenty six eighty seven
"The album of music by Kawai Shiu,
titled Stream and Seasons, nearly explodes with
virtuosity and color. The performances are fearless and
impeccable; the music is exciting and sensitive. ‘Autumn
Palette’, only 2-1/2 minutes long, is a brilliant
opening piece—full of fire, dense and compact but never
forced. Farewell Bacchae is extended clarinet at its
best, widely expressive but cohesive, and clarinetist Li
Xin is marvelous. The solo violin piece La Rosee Fond is
a delicate arabesque in the very upper reaches of the
instrument’s range. In all of the pieces the timing is
wonderful, both Shiu’s and the performers’."
"[for loss] belongs to a
special category of modern music. Kawai Shiu's style is,
in parts, experimental, impressionistic, jazzy, poetic,
"On their own, the fascinating
sonorities and sustained atmosphere plot an
unconventional, but recognizably dramatic story, an
artistic meditation on a catastrophe of nature."
"....sonically interesting and
engaging. Using a variety of percussive, bowed, and
conventional keyboard techniques, Shiu coaxes a huge
range of sounds from his instrument and effectively
communicates a sense of loss and tragedy while also
making music that is both intellectually and
"....and has built a monumental and
gorgeous 62-minute essay through studio
superimpositioins and multi-tracking."
"The work fascinates in its stark
ritualized action. The more one listens, the more one
gravitates toward the sounds so well thought-out by
Kawai Shiu. It has a one-of-a-kind quality that is in
the end a tribute to the bravery of those who got
through the upheaval and surged forward to rebuild their
lives. In that, it is a work highly representational.
All sounds have meaning yet are singular within
themselves. Hearing a moving experience. Listen!"
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