Recording Release Date 
July 2018
SACD Recording 
Recording Length 
Disc 1: 69:09
  • Boston Modern Orchestra Project
  • Gil Rose, conductor

Chen Yi made history as the first woman to graduate with an M.A. in composition from Beijing’s Central Conservatory, but that was only the start of a fruitful career that has brought her recognition across the globe. Having made her home in the U.S. since 1986, she is one of the most brilliant examples of the kind of multicultural artistic identity that enriches our modern world.

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[CD Review] Chen Yi in ARG

The orchestral and chamber music of Chinese composer Chen Yi is atmospheric and extravagantly colorful, full of delicate percussion showers, swooping glissandos, and shivery bent notes. Much of it is chant-like, some of it is songful, and sometimes it is relentless and brutal. It is full of adventure, eschewing the Yellow River Concerto cliches that bedevil a fair amount of contemporary Chines music.

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[CD Review] Best Classical CDs of 2018

Selling recordings has never been a strength of classical music. In fact, now it’s not strength of any kind of music. But  classical music ensembles have found a way — with limited pressings, direct sales from web sites, recording live performances, touring and selling disks like the entrepreneurs they are — to make the economics of recording feasible.

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[CD Review] Chen Yi in Classical CD Review

Another BMOP SACD offers unusual works by virtually unknown composer, Chen Yi. Born in 1953, she was a violinist and focused on composing music for string instruments. She met conductor Gil Rose when they were members of the Board of Advisors of the American Music Center. Rose, intrigued by Yi's music, suggested they make these recordings. The major work is Yi's Violin Concerto No. 2 called Springtime in Dresden, written in 2005 for Mira Wang, soloist on this recording.

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