Whirling Dance


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Whirling Dance



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1st June 2009




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Whirling Dance

Works for Flute and Traditional Chinese Orchestra

Deng Yu-Hsien:

Spring Wind

arr. Qu Chunquan

Huang Yijun:

Fair Flowers under Full Moon

(arranged for piccolo and Chinese orchestra by Peng Xiuwen)

Ma Shui-long:

Bamboo Flute Concerto

(arranged for piccolo and Chinese orchestra by Chen Hsuan-Ho)


The Thivats of Autumn

(arranged for flute and small Chinese instrumental ensemble by Zhou Chenglong)

Yiu-Kwong Chung:

Whirling Dance for flute and Chinese orchestra

Concerto for Flute and Chinese Orchestra

Sharon Bezaly (flute and piccolo), Liu Hung-Yu, guzheng (Chinese zither); Tsai Yu-Feng, yangqin (Chinese cimbalon) & Yeh Shu-Chen zhongruan (Chinese 4-string moon-shaped lute)

Taipei Chinese Orchestra, Chung Yiu-Kwong


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“Anyone who has yet to encounter the playing of the astonishing young flautist Sharon Bezaly should do so without delay. She makes a sensational sound, can play anything from Bach to contemporary…” Classic FM Magazine

Together with the Taipei Chinese Orchestra and composer-conductor Chung Yiu-Kwong, Sharon Bezaly explores the sonic possibilities of the combination of Western flute and traditional Chinese instruments such as the erhu, guzheng, yangqin and zhongruan. Transverse (side-blown) flutes (typically made of bamboo) have long been important in Chinese music for more than 2000 years.

The sparkling music on this disc includes two newly composed works by Chung Yiu-Kwong, both dedicated to Bezaly, as well as a the arrangement of Ma Shui-Long’s concerto for bamboo flute and symphony orchestra into a concerto for piccolo and Chinese orchestra.

Of the remaining three shorter works, The Thivats of Autumn is an arrangement for chamber ensemble of a traditional Chinese classical tune for pipa, depicting the sadness experienced by Wang Zhaojun, one of ‘The Four Beauties’ of ancient China, as she is forced to by the Emperor Yuan (48-33 BC) to marry a foreign ruler and leave her country.

Yiu-Kwong Chung: Whirling Dance

Whirling Dance

Yiu-Kwong Chung: Flute Concerto

I. Molto espressivo - Allegro ma non troppo

II. Molto placido - Piu mosso - Molto placido

III. Allegro con brio

Cheng-long Zhou: The Thivats of Autumn (arr. Zhou Chenglong for flute and chinese instrumental ensemble)

The Thivats of Autumn (arr. Zhou Chenglong for flute and Chinese instrumental ensemble)

Shui-Long Ma: Bamboo Flute Concerto (arr. Chen Hsuan-Ho for piccolo and chinese orchestra)

I. Andante grandioso - Allegretto con gioco

II. Adagio cantabile

III. Finale: Allegretto con gioco

Yijun Huang: Fair Flowers under Full Moon (arr. Peng Xiuwen for piccolo and chinese orchestra)

Fair Flowers under Full Moon (arr. Peng Xiuwen for piccolo and Chinese orchestra)

Yu-Xian Deng: Longing for the Spring Breeze (arr. Qu Chunquan for flute and chinese orchestra)

Longing for the Spring Breeze (arr. Qu Chunquan for flute and Chinese orchestra)

Gramophone Magazine

December 2009

“The Taipei Chinese Orchestra articulate with balletic grace, that extraordinarily delicate string tone projecting with determined swank. Sharon Bezaly is her dependable self; her piccolo-playing in the Ma Shui-Long is über-expressive and the right side of shrill; in Chung Yiu-Kwong's concerto her lyrical float through the slow movement gives the notes added gravitas.”

BBC Music Magazine

November 2009


“The title piece of Chung Yiu-Kwong… is a lively, entertaining piece, providing ample opportunity for Bezaly to display her agile articulation and clear tone. If you like Debussy (or even Rimsky-Korsakov!) you'll probably like this collection.”

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