A nearly 5-hour long recording of Cornelius Cardew's work based on one of the 4 classic books of Confucian religion, and the first work to be referred to as minimalist, performed at Wigry in Sejny, 2010.
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Catalog ID: BR 1008
Squidco Product Code: 15257
Format: 4 CDs
Packaging: 4 CDs in separate cardboard sleeves wrapped in a cardboard jacket
Recorded by Dux Recording Producers at Residential Arts Centre in Wigry and White Synagogue in Sejny between July 18th and 24th, 2010.
Junah Chung-Ming Celia Lu
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"Junah Chung is an active chamber musician and soloist. He received his M.M. degree from the Juilliard School where he studied with Lillian Fuchs and William Lincer. Junah has been featured in solo performances at Carnegie's Weill Hall, Lincoln Center's Paul Hall, the Society for Ethical Culture, Meet the Composer, the National Museum of Iceland, Music in Chelsea, Festival of the Arts in South Nyack. He has performed at such festivals as the Bright Lights Music Festival in Iceland, the Rhode Island Summer Chamber Music Festival, Stonybrook Summer Festival, Elan International Festival, Prussia Cove, Holland Music Sessions, Utah Chamber Music Festival, Ramapo Music Festival, Daejeon Chamber Music Festival, and the Lake Winnepesaukee Chamber Music Festival. Junah is currently a member of Trio St. Germain, a recently formed flute, viola and harp group. As an orchestral musician, Junah has held the post of Assistant Principal Viola of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, Nieuw Sinfonietta of Amsterdam and the Jupiter Symphony. He has performed with the Orchestra of St. Lukes, American Ballet Theatre, and the Mark Morris Dance Group."-Saratoga Chamber Players (http://www.saratogachamberplayers.org/artists/junah-chung/)
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"We are proud to present the first complete release of a milestone of XX century music and a first piece to be called minimalist (by Michael Nyman). In a nearly 5-hour long recording of the piece one can hear Webern's punctualism, Reich's trance music, Ligeti's "clouds of sound" and echoes of Cage's conceptual provocations. The monumental music-theater mystery, on the one hand, evokes long lost spirit of archaic tribal rituals and, on the other, prophesies emancipated, experimental home-made music of the XXI century.
Cornelius Cardew, one of the most visionary composers of the revolutionary 60., never attempted to create a masterpiece nor a summa of New Music; be it composed, improvised or experimental. "The Great Learning" is most of all a fulfilled utopia; a universal, egalitarian and unconventional art. Not meant for a concert hall, theater stage, avantgarde gallery or art lofts but performed by a group of amateurs gathered together in an archaic-leftist Scratch Orchestra wandering through the fields in search of authentic, emancipatory experience. "The Great Learning" has become exactly this for many of contemporary visionaries such as Michael Nyman or Brian Eno.
Four decades after its completion, the composition remains one of the most often recalled and imitated masterpiece of counterculture avantgarde. And the most ignored by the music market - official, popular and independent. Most probably because of its ideal and unabated inadequacy towards their consequences and standards.
We have managed to recreate its original scenery and context. In an almost untouched outdoor of Polish north-east and historic, sacral spots of Suwalszczyzna, Cardew's insiders met amateurs from ten different countries to bring back to life this unique ritual. Here, in a form of 4 CD album, comes an audio documentation of this unprecedented event."-Bolt
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