Ge Gan-Ru - Fall of Baghdad

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Ge Gan-Ru - Fall of Baghdad



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1st June 2009




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Ge Gan-Ru - Fall of Baghdad

String Quartets Nos. 1, 4 & 5

Ge Gan-Ru:

String Quartet No. 1, ‘Fu’ (Prose Poem)

String Quartet No. 4, ‘Angel Suite’

String Quartet No. 5, ‘Fall of Baghdad’



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China’s first avant-garde composer and one of the most original composers of his generation, Ge Gan-Ru, studied at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music before obtaining his doctorate from Columbia University in the USA.

The composer notes that he ‘often tries to combine contemporary Western compositional techniques with my Chinese experience and Chinese musical characteristics to create a unique and highly individual sound world.’

ModernWorks was founded in 1997 in New York by cellist Madeleine Shapiro to focus on recent string repertoire. The ensemble has given premières of works by Berio, Gubaidulina and Xenakis.

Gan-Ru Ge: String Quartet No. 1, "Fu" (Prose Poem)

String Quartet No. 1, "Fu" (Prose Poem)

Gan-Ru Ge: String Quartet No. 4, "Angel Suite"

I. Cherub

II. Gnomes

III. Prayer

IV. Angel's March

Gan-Ru Ge: String Quartet No. 5, "Fall of Baghdad"

I. Abyss: Screaming - Living Hell - Barbaric March - Abyss - Threnody

II. Music From Heaven: Pilgrimage - Bazaar - Caliph's Drum - Music from Heaven

III. Desolation: Desolation - Weeping - Moaning - Keening

Gramophone Magazine

July 2010

“The New York-based quartet Modern Works don't hold back on the physicality of attack required but this is a highly-nuanced performance too: a deep melancholy pervades the genteel chorale that briefly ends an otherwise shell-shocked opening section.”

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