Dialogue - East Meets West (2008)

Hu, Nielsen, Li, Sejlund, Chen, Monrad, Siqin, Rofelt, Murashkin

Michala Petri

Imagine you are a composer, commissioned to write a work for two, primarily diatonic woodwind instruments, each possessing distinctive tone colors, a long history and strong cultural associations. You are writing music to be performed by two consummate masters of their instruments who can do virtually anything! Your biggest challenge is that you must somehow express the concept of “East Meets West.”

The last century saw the first large-scale cultural exchange between Asia and the West, and encounters with the music of Asia influenced some of Europe’s greatest composers – Debussy, Britten, Messiaen, to name a few. And many extended performance techniques, (such as fluttertonguing, pitch bending, the production of “non-musical” sounds, micro-tones, etc.) associated with modern music in the West, have been a part of traditional Chinese music for centuries. Conversely, the introduction of western techniques, such as counterpoint, functional harmony and formal structures has provided Chinese composers with new creative resources of their own. 

”Dialogue – East Meets West” is the result of several years’ discussion and planning. It represents an exploration in sound, featuring ten new compositions by five young Chinese and five young Danish composers. Their works are colorful and varied and provide ten distinctive visions of the musical encounter between China and the West. Whether combining tradition and innovation, eastern and western elements, borrowed or newly created musical resources, each piece is an exploration of how these disparate and seemingly mutually exclusive views can provide new possibilities for creativity and beauty. While the very nature of a ”duet” implies a ”dialogue”, the variety of musical expressions create a ’dialogue within a dialogue’; the unique vision of each composer interacting with the vision of every other composer presented here.

From: Liner Notes, Booklet
Joshua Cheek, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Chinese National Day, 01.10 2008

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Michala Petri

Michala Petri has performed more than 4000 concerts in the worlds leading festivals and Concert Halls,and has broken down the boundaries of her instrument, the recorder. 

Her repertoire spans works from the Baroque, Classicism, Romanticism and extends into contemporary and improvised music. It is precisely this versatility that lies behind her special appeal as an artist. 

Her collaboration in the 90s on two cds with Keith Jarrett, gave her a latent interest in the art of improvisation, which is partly required in Baroque music, though within the narrow borders of the rules of that time. The collaboration was initiated by Keith Jarrett, who heard Michala play in concert at New Yorks Lincoln Centre and suggested that they at some point played something together - which let to two albums of Bach Sonatas and Handel Sonatas. Recently she has taken up playing fully improvised concerts, amongst others with Benjamin Koppel and Carsten Dahl. 

She has received the Leonie Sonning Music Prize, Europa Musicale Soloist Prize, three times the German ECHO KLASSIK Award, amongst others. She has recorded more than 70 cds, several having been Grammy-nominated. 

Artists with whom she has collaborated include Keith Jarrett, Sir Neville Marriner, James Galway, Gidon Kremer, Heinz Holliger, Henryk Szeryng, Pinchas Zukermann, Maurice Andre, Joshua Bell, Mahan Esfahani and Claudio Abbado. Among composers having composed for her are Sir Malcolm Arnold, Gordon Jacob, Per Nørgaard, Vagn Holmboe, Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, Olav Anton Thommessen, Sunleif Rasmussen, Bent Sørensen, Steven Stucky, Joan Albert Amargos, Chen Yi, Bright Cheng, Ander and Thomas Koppel and Daniel Børtz. 

photo: Søren Solkær, from booklet

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Dialogue - East Meets West (2008)

Hu, Nielsen, Li, Sejlund, Chen, Monrad, Siqin, Rofelt, Murashkin

Michala Petri

Executive Producer: Lars Hannibal
Mastering Engineer: Preben Iwan
Producer: Preben Iwan
Recording Engineer: Preben Iwan
Recording location: Egedal Church, Kokkedal, Denmark September 5, 6, 10, 11 - 2008
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DXD

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Rong (Fusion)
Hu
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Stream
Nielsen
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Peng Zhuang (Sparkling-Collision)
Li
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Butterfly-Rain
Sejlund
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The Greeting from Afar
Chen
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East/West-project 16
Monrad
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Yan Gui (The wild goose comes back home)
Siqin
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Circonflexe
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Jue (Very rare and fine jade)
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Cascades
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