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Chinese Recorder Concertos
by four contemporary Chinese, Chinese-American and Taiwanese composers:

Tang Jianping’s Fei Ge;
Bright Sheng's Flute Moon;
Ma Shui-long’s Bamboo Flute Concerto; and
Chen Yi's The Ancient Chinese Beauty

Michala Petri with the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra/Lan Shui

OUR Recordings 6.220603

All these items are of important musico-historical interest.

Each of the composers, born in 1939 and the '50s respectively, suffered under the ravages of Mao's CUltural Revolution, and their various rapprochments with the West are certainly worth hearing from that perspective.

But the only woman composer amongst them, Chen Yi, who studied composition at Columbia University and became a professor of composition at the University of Missouri–Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance, is the one whose concerto (and other music of hers) would likely find a welcome place on the European concert scene.

The performances, recording and background information are all splendid and, with those caveats, the disc is to be warmly welcomed.

Peter Grahame Woolf