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Chen, Yuanlin / Away From Xuan
Album:Away From Xuan Collection:Classical
Artist:Chen, Yuanlin Added:03/2009
Label:Innova Recordings 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2009-09-20 Pull Date:2009-11-22 Charts:Classical/Experimental
Week Ending:1 Nov25 Oct4 Oct

 Recent Airplay
1.Oct 27, 2009:Memory Select
Chasing The Sun: I. Largo - Allegretto - Andante - Allegretto
3.Sep 30, 2009:public noize racket
Away From Xuan
2.Oct 24, 2009:Music Casserole
Wondering Along The Journey: I. Allegro

Album Review
Reviewed 2009-09-28 
A very "classical" sound -- a big, brash one at that -- from a U.S.-based Chinese composer. Three pieces: a big big symphony; a dynamic symphony with Chinese instruments added; and an acoustic guitar quartet.

1- Big, stern, dramatic symphonic piece. Almost like the soundtrack to a grand old Hollywood thriller. ... After about 7 minutes, an exotic Middle Eastern theme pops up, quieter and upbeat.

2-6: Symphony plus Chinese instruments
2- Fast-paced, w/Chinese exotic sound and some Chinese instruments. Lots of hard slams from the orchestra. Active and colorful.
3- Pecking and creeping, but still fast-paced.
4- Rhythmic bursts. Happy, dramatic, insistent.
5- Sadder, led by cello and a mourning vocal (or is it a reed instrument?) Calm but not exactly slow.
6- Upbeat rhythmic chiming. Teasing (themes keep fading out playfully).

7-10: Guitar quartet
7- Mid/fast, good paced marching with odd harmonies. A little quieter towards the end, with good string twanging and wood thumping
8- Quieter but still mid/fast. Low-level backing with lots of snapped notes and some string scraping. Really quiets down later.
9- Stern feel, with cute tricks (springy sounds, clapping sounds).
10- A quiet conclusion.

Track Listing
1.Away From Xuan 6.Wondering Along The Journey: V. Presto
2.Wondering Along The Journey: I. Allegro 7.Chasing The Sun: I. Largo - Allegretto - Andante - Allegretto
3.Wondering Along The Journey: Ii. Andante 8.Chasing The Sun: Ii. Adagio - Lento
4.Wondering Along The Journey: Iii. Vivaca 9.Chasing The Sun: Iii. Moderato - Largo - Moderato - Andante
5.Wondering Along The Journey: Iv. Larghetto 10.Chasing The Sun: Iv. Lento