Ying Quartet Serves Up Bite-Size Musical Morsels On Their Second Telarc Release.
Dim Sum includes short pieces by Chinese-American composers, including several recording world premieres.
Following their solo label debut last year (Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence and Quartet Nos. 1-3, CD-80685), the Ying Quartet serve up a new concept of short works by Chinese-American composers for its second CD on Telarc. This new recording – entitled Dim Sum, after the famous Chinese small-plate brunch – serves a selection of string quartet music.
In the past four seasons, the Ying Quartet, consisting of four Chinese-American siblings, has pursued a particular interest in music of living Chinese-American composers through a non-traditional programming concept they have termed musical “Dim Sum.” This project has been motivated by an exploration of the Yings’ own cultural heritage coupled with the quartet’s commitment to innovative concert presentation, as well as by the growing number, visibility, and excellence of composers of Chinese-American backgrounds.
The Quartet explains their idea behind this delectable performance practice: “the standard three-work structure of most quartet recitals normally limits the performance of contemporary pieces to just one quartet. In our programming of contemporary Chinese-American work, we have decided to break open this portion of the concert and include shorter works by several composers. This enables our audiences to sample a broader range of living Chinese-American composers in a single concert, in the same way that the style of eating Chinese food called ‘dim sum’ involves a wide variety of bite-sized delicacies.”
Dim Sum features Chou Wen-chung’s Larghetto Nostalgico and Leggierezza; Tan Dun’s Drum and Gong, Cloudiness, and Red Sona; Bright Sheng’s Silent Temple II and IV; Zhou Long’s Song of the Ch'in; Chen Yi’s Shuo; Ge Gan-ru’s Fu; Lei Liang’s Gobi Gloria and Vivian Fung’s Pizzicato for String Quartet.