Unsuk Chin: Three Concertos

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Unsuk Chin: Three Concertos


Gramophone Awards 2015

Finalist - Contemporary



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Release date:

14th July 2014




71 minutes


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Unsuk Chin: Three Concertos

World Premiere Recordings

Chin, U:

Piano Concerto

commissioned by the BBC for the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

Sunwook Kim (piano)

Cello Concerto

written for Alban Gerhardt, commissioned by the BBC for the BBC Proms, revised version commissioned by the Bavarian State Orchestra and the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra.

Alban Gerhardt (cello)

Šu for sheng and orchestra

written for Wu Wei, dedicated to Sukhi Kang and to Jungho Choe, commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Suntory Hall Tokyo, Zaterdag, Matinee and Philharmonie Essen.

Wu Wei (sheng)



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Solo concertos are important milestones in Unsuk Chin’s development as a creative artist: in each of them, the solo instrument’s possibilities are explored in terms of its sonorities and of the performer’s virtuosity and re-examined in a new light.

Each of the three solo instruments featured in the present release has certain historic and acoustic properties that affect the way in which it works in harmony or in conflict with the orchestra.

The one and only! This is a world premier recording of Unsuk Chin concertos with Myung-Whun Chung and the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra.

Receiving critical acclaim for her opera Alice in Wonderland and other works, Unsuk Chin is currently the composer-in-residence for the SPO, promoting contemporary music to listeners.

The new album features soloists Alban Gerhardt for the cello concerto, Sunwook Kim for the piano concerto which is the second collaboration with the SPO after the Beethoven 5th, and Wu Wei for the Sheng concerto.

Unsuk Chin: Piano Concerto

Movement I

Movement II

Movement III

Movement IV

Unsuk Chin: Cello Concerto

Movement I, "Aniri"

Movement II

Movement III

Movement IV

Unsuk Chin: Šu For Sheng And Orchestra

Šu For Sheng And Orchestra

Gramophone Magazine

November 2014

“Chin is one of the best contemporary exponents of purely instrumental music drama, and these concertos provide absorbing listening...The music inevitably acquires a ritualistic aura but there is also plenty of visceral excitement in a performance that is supremely well integrated and no less well recorded. A highly successful CD.”

The Guardian

13th August 2014


“The three works here...show how writing concertos has been a consistent thread through Chin's orchestral output...she wrote [Šu] specifically for the Berlin-based sheng-player Wu Wei, and it's his extraordinary virtuosity that allows her to create such original texture.”

The Times

23rd August 2014


“The music is nothing if not hyperactive, brilliantly orchestrated and atmospheric too. Try it; you may be pleasantly surprised.”

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