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  Whirling Dance - Sharon Bezaly
  Chung Yiu-Kwong: Whirling Dance for flute and Chinese orchestra, Concerto for Flute and Chinese Orchestra, Traditional (arr. Zhou Chenglong): The Thivats of Autumn, Ma Shui-Long (arr. Chen Hsuan-Ho): Bamboo Flute Concerto, Huang Yijun (arr. Peng Xiuwen): Fair Flowers under Full Moon, Deng Yu-Xian (arr. Qu Chunquan): Longing for the Spring Breeze

Sharon Bezaly (flute)
Taipai Chinese Orchestra
Chung Yiu-Kwong (conductor)
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Reviews: 2

Review by JJ July 4, 2009 (4 of 5 found this review helpful)
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Here is an essential recording radiating pleasure. First of all, musical pleasure, but also the pleasure of discovering and hearing one of the greatest flutists of our time embrace an original repertory. Above all, it is also the special pleasure of sharing an exemplary artistic communion. On the program are “Whirling Dance,” a piece for Western flute and traditional Chinese orchestra dating from 2007, the Concerto for Flute and Orchestra by Chung Yiu-Kwong, a composer born in 1956. The three-movement work was composed in 2008 and is dedicated to Sharon Bezaly. Then, there is “Thivats of Autumn,” a traditional piece in an arrangement by Zhou Chenglong, evoking ancient China, the Concerto for Bamboo Flute by Ma Shui-Long, a Taiwanese composer born in 1939, in an arrangement by Chen Hsuan-Ho, dating from 1981, “Pretty Flowers Under the Full Moon,” by Huang Yijun (1915-1995) in an arrangement by Peng Xiuwen, and to conclude, “Nostalgia for the Spring Breeze” by Deng Yu-Xian (1906-1944), after a popular song dating from 1930. With infinite grace, a unique sense of phrasing and perfectly masterful breathing, Sharon Bezaly transports us to unheard-of summits of musicality. Accompanied by a world class Chinese orchestra, her musical discourse is a perfect balance between virtuosity and fulfillment. Let us also salute the sound recording that respects tones and acoustic space. Quite simply, this is a great moment to savor…

Jean-Jacques Millo
Translation Lawrence Schulman

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Review by MrKyle January 2, 2013 (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
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The last reviewer did a great job of highlighting the work on the album itself, so I will briefly hit on the sonics and mixing job.

It is superb. The arrangement and orchestration of this performance will really help you hear what a multi-channel SACD can bring to the table. I think it is especially attributed to the instrumentation and the lack of muddiness in the mix from a well-balanced concert hall and well-disciplined musicians. The clarity and depth will transport you (literally, close your eyes) to a point where you can physically sense the atmosphere in which the performance took place (that'd be Zhongshang Hall in Taipei, Taiwan). Seriously, the impulse responses are apparent!

If you have a chance to pick up this album and your audio system is setup to do it justice (not just a SACD player but speaker alignment, proper level adjustments, and a decent room) then this may very well be the album that changes your entire outlook on sound and audio. I really believe that it has that potential.

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Works: 6  

Zhou Chenglong - The Thivats of Autumn
Ma Shui-long - Bamboo Flute Concerto
Huang Yijun - Fair Flowers under Full Moon
Chung Yiu-kwong - Concerto for Flute and Chinese Orchestra
Chung Yiu-kwong - Whirling Dance for Flute and Chinese orchestra
Deng Yu-xian - Longing for the Spring Breeze