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By Soo Bae; Arash Amini; Emanuele Arciuli; Stephen Buck; Huang Ruo. By Huang Ruo. Country of Origin: United States. Classical. CD (1 disc). Published by Innova (NX.INN895).
Item Number: NX.INN895
Red Rain, a collection of solo instrumental works by Huang Ruo, offers an in-depth portrait of a composer who has made significant marks across all genres of art music. These pieces display a creative and inventive variety of colors, timbres, and musical poetry for single instruments that echo his chamber, orchestral and operatic works. These pieces explore vast, echoing musical spaces: spiky driving rhythmic drama, singing and nostalgic melodies, and everything in between. The solo cello work "Four Fragments" moves through memory, time and space, and Soo Bae makes full use of the cello's expressive range. The title piece "Red Rain," is inspired by the painting on the cover by Jaune Quick-to-see Smith, and Emanuele Arciuli captures the transforming dreaming metamorphosing mood with sensitivity and beauty. Recently awarded First Prize by the prestigious Luxembourg International Composition Prize, Huang Ruo has been cited by the New Yorker as "one of the most intriguing of the new crop of Asian-American composers." His vibrant and inventive musical voice draws equal inspiration from Chinese folk, Western avant-garde, rock, and jazz to create a seamless, organic integration using a compositional technique he calls "dimensionalism.".