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Wang Lu: Urban Inventory


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Composer Wang Lu’s debut full length recording opens with a sonic portrait of a late afternoon in the life of a Chinese city park, with pre-recorded sounds of conversations layered on top of ephemeral gestures in a mixed instrumentation ensemble. It is the perfect opening of a recording featuring the music by an artist whose ears and mind are always open and always observing with fascination the interface between life and music. Wang Lu is wonderfully adept at painting a scene through sound, using several small gestures that heard together add up to a unique world unto themselves. The ensemble writing that follows throughout the album is often virtuosic and also often tongue in cheek, displaying a dry humor that is refreshing. Throughout the album we hear more interspersed “found sounds” from the Chinese urban environment, creating an expressive world that is both quotidian but also indicative of endearment and a touch of nostalgia. Wang Lu’s music is dynamic, colorful, and expressive, drawing from influences that reflect her background without being defined by them. Hers is an important compositional voice for the current generation of contemporary music artists who are shaping the scene, and we should expect to hear much more beguiling music from her in the upcoming years.
Facts
Item number FCR197
Barcode 655646188928
Release date 3/16/2018
Category Classical Music
Label NEW FOCUS RECORDINGS
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 1
Performers
Classical Artist Various Artists
Disc: 1
Urban Inventory00:15:00
1 Urban Inventory: I. City Park 00:03:15 Third Sound Ensemble, The Castillo, Patrick
2 Urban Inventory: II. Once upon a Time, in Another 00:04:19 Third Sound Ensemble, The Castillo, Patrick
3 Urban Inventory: IV. Gifts of Gab 00:02:07 Castillo, Patrick Third Sound Ensemble, The
4 Urban Inventory: V. Two Voices of the People 00:01:44 Third Sound Ensemble, The Castillo, Patrick
5 Urban Inventory: VI. Tell You Softly 00:02:46 Castillo, Patrick Third Sound Ensemble, The
Wailing00:09:00
6 Wailing (Live) 00:09:13 Holland Symfonia Leedners, Hans
Backstory00:07:00
7 Backstory (Live) 00:07:27 Alarm Will Sound Pierson, Alan
Cross-Around00:13:00
8 Cross-around (Live) 00:10:14 Nouvel Ensemble Moderne Vaillancourt, Lorraine
Cloud Intimacy00:10:00
9 Cloud Intimacy 00:09:47 International Contemporary Ensemble Karre, Ross
Past Beyond00:16:00
10 Past Beyond (Live) 00:16:16 Mälkki, Susanna Ensemble InterContemporain
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