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Salathé: Imaginary Birds


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What can one expect from a musician who spent his youth getting into trouble by furtively composing in chemistry class? Apparently a lot, provided they are cut from the same cloth as multi-faceted composer Phil Salathé, the brains behind Imaginary Birds: Music for Oboe and English Horn. The commissioned duet Mandarin Ducks is as much a natural observation as it is a musical piece of work: With the precise gaze of an ornithologist, Salathé illustrates seven enchanting anatine scenes. Fittingly, these short pieces roam about in free form – just as their natural subjects would. The title also nods to the recent marriage of the two performers, oboist Ling-Fei Kang and Charles Huang on English horn, as mandarin ducks are known for their lifelong fidelity. The upbeat start of the album soon grinds to a halt, however, in The Heart That Loves But Once. Inspired in title and style by the music of Robert Schumann and interspersed by the chilling whispers of a celesta, the rhapsodic work chronicles the disheartening state of a lover who finds his desires unattainable. Imaginary Birds of the Frozen North harks back to an avian theme, musically depicting three very different birds with an accuracy that is equal parts surprising, hilarious, and astonishing: a proud, leery ostrich, a dodo anxious of its forthcoming extinction, and an enigmatic screech owl. The Wood Between The Worlds takes the listener on a walk through a mystical landscape and conjures a cryptic, ethereal kind of beauty. The secret highlight of this mini-cycle is indubitably “IV. A World Shrouded in Forest,” in which the composer fuses his multifarious musical influences into an evocative portrait of not only the world he is painting, but also of a highly recognizable compositional style. Expecting the Spring Breeze rounds off the album with Salathé's arrangement of a lyrical melody composed by Teng Yu-hsien, completing the overarching natural theme of Imaginary Birds.
Facts
Item number RR8006
Barcode 608410873414
Release date 2/8/2019
Category Classical Music
Label RAVELLO
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 1
Performers
Classical Artist Huang, Charles
Kang, Ling-Fei
Disc: 1
Mandarin Ducks00:06:00
1 Mandarin Ducks: I. Playing in the Water 00:01:29 Huang, Charles Kang, Ling-Fei
2 Mandarin Ducks: II. Squabbling over a Slug 00:01:25 Huang, Charles Kang, Ling-Fei
3 Mandarin Ducks: III. Teasing a Young Boy 00:00:41 Huang, Charles Kang, Ling-Fei
4 Mandarin Ducks: IV. Brooding over a Sick Mate 00:01:31 Huang, Charles Kang, Ling-Fei
5 Mandarin Ducks: V. Nesting by the Lake 00:00:57 Huang, Charles Kang, Ling-Fei
6 Mandarin Ducks: VI. Leading Ducklings Amongst the 00:00:42 Huang, Charles Kang, Ling-Fei
7 Mandarin Ducks: VII. Flying Away 00:01:38 Huang, Charles Kang, Ling-Fei
The Heart that Loves But Once00:09:00
8 The Heart That Loves But Once 00:09:29 Huang, Charles Knebel, Andrew Taubl, Annabelle Shih, Yu-Chen
Imaginary Birds of the Frozen North00:05:00
9 Imaginary Birds of the Frozen North: I. Lesser Sno 00:01:30 Huang, Charles
10 Imaginary Birds of the Frozen North: II. Great Nor 00:01:40 Huang, Charles
11 Imaginary Birds of the Frozen North: III. Sub-arct 00:01:48 Huang, Charles
The Wood Between the Worlds00:18:00
12 The Wood Between the Worlds: I. The Wood 00:02:27 Huang, Charles Kang, Ling-Fei Kennedy, Katie Shams, Mohamed
13 The Wood Between the Worlds: II. A Frozen World, a 00:02:07 Huang, Charles Kang, Ling-Fei Kennedy, Katie Shams, Mohamed
14 The Wood Between the Worlds: III. A Dead World und 00:02:02 Huang, Charles Kang, Ling-Fei Kennedy, Katie Shams, Mohamed
15 The Wood Between the Worlds: IV. A World Shrouded 00:02:25 Huang, Charles Kang, Ling-Fei Kennedy, Katie Shams, Mohamed
16 The Wood Between the Worlds: V. A World Ruled by M 00:00:52 Huang, Charles Kang, Ling-Fei Kennedy, Katie Shams, Mohamed
17 The Wood Between the Worlds: VI. The Wood 00:01:53 Huang, Charles Kang, Ling-Fei Kennedy, Katie Shams, Mohamed
18 The Wood Between the Worlds: VII. A World of Ocean 00:02:11 Huang, Charles Kang, Ling-Fei Kennedy, Katie Shams, Mohamed
19 The Wood Between the Worlds: VIII. A World of Fool 00:01:03 Huang, Charles Kang, Ling-Fei Kennedy, Katie Shams, Mohamed
20 The Wood Between the Worlds: IX. Suddenly, the Sam 00:01:44 Huang, Charles Kang, Ling-Fei Kennedy, Katie Shams, Mohamed
21 The Wood Between the Worlds: X. The Wood 00:02:19 Huang, Charles Kang, Ling-Fei Kennedy, Katie Shams, Mohamed
Expecting the Spring Breeze (arr. P. Salathé for o00:02:00
22 Expecting the Spring Breeze (Arr. P. Salathé for O 00:03:02 Kang, Ling-Fei Birt, John
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