Conor Hanick (piano), Kristin Lee (violin), Metropolis Ensemble, Andrew Cyr (conductor)
Vivian Fung's work is influenced by Asian sources such as Balinese gamelan music. Violin Concerto soloist Kristin Lee's shared experience of Bali with the composer resulted in an intensely lyrical and virtuoso work in which West and East collide to create music of remarkably fresh sophistication. Fung draws on John Cage's 'prepared piano' techniques to create often eerie and otherworldly effects in Glimpses, ideas from which expand into the Piano Concerto. Subtitled 'Dreamscapes', this work explores contrasts ranging from hauntingly sustained calm to moments of brutal power.
Fung Violin Concerto, Glimpses for prepared piano, Piano Concerto 'Dreamscapes'
Running Time: 57 min
'The Violin Concerto is particularly striking. There is an exotic, wispy and ephemeral quality to the writing in between some propulsive moments that I found quite appealing. It is a very nice piece, existing in a single movement, and soloist Kristin Lee plays quite well indeed. Fung's work for prepared piano, Glimpses, is...another very interesting work...a good one! The Piano Concerto, "Dreamscapes" is...the strongest work in this collection and completely fascinating. Soloist Conor Hanick in both the Concerto and Glimpses does a great job! The Metropolis Ensemble of New York and conductor Andrew Cyr are important up and coming contributors to the new music scene.' (4 STARS Audiophile Audition)
'This is a cutting-edge album in the best sense, an invigorating indication of where we are in classical music. Fung's music is fluid and seemingly improvisatory yet cunningly constructed. The Eastern and Western gestures blend so smoothly that they sound like one entity.' (American Record Guide)
'three fine works by Chinese-Canadian Vivian Fung...broadly tonal melody, exciting rhythms, splashes of exotica. Add to this the terrific playing heard here - especially by the two young soloists, both superb on their Naxos debuts in music that is mentally as well as physically demanding - and the result is a disc that is every inch a Canadian classic.' (MusicWeb International)