[ Naxos / CD ]
Release Date: Tuesday 5 May 2015
Widely regarded as one of China's leading composers, Pulitzer Prize-winning Zhou Long writes music which is consistently compelling. The Rhyme of Taigu revives the spirit of Chinese court music from the Tang dynasty (618-907 AD), drawing on traditional percussion instruments. Symphony 'Humen 1839', co-composed with Chen Yi, vividly commemorates the public burning of over 1000 tonnes of opium, an event that was to lead to the First Opium War between Great Britain and China.
"This is thrilling, cinematic music that, although challenging at times, is always gripping." The Kansas City Star
"The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra under Darrell Ang does a respectable job bring these works to life. Long and Yi give us music well worth hearing, world-class orchestral music that goes its own way and reflects a melding of Asian and contemporary elements both convincing and at times quite exciting." Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review