Quotation of Queries: Choral Encounters of Hong Kong, China and the Distant West Cantoría Hong Kong & John Winzenburg

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  • Chan Hing-Yan: Quotation of Queries:
  • 1Quotation of Queries: I. Prelude01:53
  • 2Quotation of Queries: II. The Hermit01:52
  • 3Quotation of Queries: III. Huanyi's Three Farewell Tunes02:03
  • 4Quotation of Queries: IV. Who Says That Dongpo Is Old02:53
  • 5Quotation of Queries: V. Ignore the Encumbrance05:08
  • John Browne (1480 - 1505): The Suppliant Women (Excerpts):
  • 6The Suppliant Women (Excerpts): Parados03:46
  • 7The Suppliant Women (Excerpts): Ode 205:50
  • 8The Suppliant Women (Excerpts): Ode 305:05
  • 9The Suppliant Women (Excerpts): 3rd Amoibaion05:00
  • 10The Suppliant Women (Excerpts): Exodus03:41
  • Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897): Zigeunerlieder, Op. 103 (Excerpts):
  • 11Zigeunerlieder, Op. 103 (Excerpts): No. 1, He, Zigeuner, greife in die Saiten ein01:28
  • 12Zigeunerlieder, Op. 103 (Excerpts): No. 7, Kommt dir manchmal in den Sinn01:32
  • 13Zigeunerlieder, Op. 103 (Excerpts): No. 8, Horch, der Wind klagt in den Zweigen01:28
  • 14Zigeunerlieder, Op. 103 (Excerpts): No. 5, Brauner Bursche führt zum Tanze01:15
  • Francis Poulenc (1899 - 1963): 8 Chansons françaises, FP 130 (Excerpts):
  • 158 Chansons françaises, FP 130 (Excerpts): No. 1, Margoton va t'a l'iau02:37
  • 168 Chansons françaises, FP 130 (Excerpts): No. 2, La belle se siet au pied de la tour01:29
  • 178 Chansons françaises, FP 130 (Excerpts): No. 3, Pilons l'orge00:48
  • 188 Chansons françaises, FP 130 (Excerpts): No. 4, Clic, clac, dancez sabots02:14
  • 198 Chansons françaises, FP 130 (Excerpts): No. 8, Les tisserands01:44
  • 202 Cantonese Works: I. Under the Mid-Autumn Moon03:36
  • 212 Cantonese Works: II. The Crane Releasing Pavilion03:07
  • 22Suite Nordestina: I. Morena bonita00:51
  • 23Suite Nordestina: II. Dendê trapiá01:07
  • 24Suite Nordestina: III. Bumba chora02:19
  • 25Suite Nordestina: IV. Eu vou, eu vou00:53
  • Total Runtime01:03:39

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Fresh from Navona Records comes QUOTATION OF QUERIES, featuring the students of Hong Kong Baptist University under the direction of Professor John Winzenburg. This collection of choral music explores notions of culture throughout the course of human civilization. It features traditional compositions, recent works, and even three debut recordings by prominent composers from Hong Kong and the United Kingdom.

The album opens with “Prelude,” the first movement of Quotation of Queries by composer Chan Hing-Yan. We hear the knocking of a piano, and the sudden, vigorous vocalizations of the Cantoría Hong Kong. The music, which is set to classical Mandarin poetry, pairs Chinese folk traditions with dissonant modern sonorities. The translations of these “queries” include “What do you think human life is like here or there?” and “When can I just ignore the encumbrance?” Next comes John Browne’s setting of Aeschylus’s The Suppliant Woman, which borrows from both classical Greek drama as well as modern theater, with the chorus assuming the role of the story’s protagonist. Later on, we hear excerpts from Brahms’s 11 Zigeunerlieder (Gypsy-Songs), Op. 103, which offers a 19th century take on the challenge of blending of cultures through music. These are just a sampling of the album’s stylistic range.

Those who listen to QUOTATION OF QUERIES will find themselves immersed in a deep pool of cultural and musical traditions, as curated by Professor John Winzenburg. These recorded expressions of powerful emotion told through a myriad of musical scales and languages, perhaps counterintuitively, confront the listener with our common humanity across time and space. Listeners should be warned, however, that they too may be left with more questions than answers.

Cantoría Hong Kong
John Winzenburg, conductor

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