Chang Su & The United Musicians Symphony Orchestra of Los Angeles | Identity: Zhongshan Zhuang, Guzheng Concerto

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Identity: Zhongshan Zhuang, Guzheng Concerto

by Chang Su & The United Musicians Symphony Orchestra of Los Angeles

East meets West in this programmatic orchestral concerto, featuring the ancient Chinese guzheng (folk zither) against the backdrop of a Western orchestral accompaniment.
Genre: World: Chinese traditional
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Identity - Movement 1: Allegro non troppo
Chang Su & The United Musicians Symphony Orchestra of Los Angeles
9:50 album only
2. Identity - Movement 2: Adagio
Chang Su & The United Musicians Symphony Orchestra of Los Angeles
11:17 album only
3. Identity - Movement 3: Allegro
Chang Su & The United Musicians Symphony Orchestra of Los Angeles
14:32 album only
4. A Deepening Night
Chang Su
6:31 album only
5. High Mountains and River Streams
Chang Su
6:02 album only
6. Qin Sang Qu
Chang Su
6:04 album only
7. Ming Shan
Chang Su
9:55 album only
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Album Notes
A collaboration between Chinese composer/producer Victor Cheng and American composer Michael Gordon Shapiro, Identity blends the sounds of an ancient Chinese folk instrument with the Western orchestra. Identity is both an orchestral concerto - a piece contrasting a soloist with a full orchestral ensemble - as well as program music accompanying an imagined story. The story, written by Cheng, describes a young army officer who is separated from his family by the Chinese civil war. Following this historically-inspired narrative, the music is alternately pastoral, desolate, excited, and - ultimately - triumphant.

Something between a film score and traditional Chinese instrumental piece, Identity will resonate with fans of both orchestral romanticism as well as the evocative sounds of the Far East.

International recording artist and guzheng virtuoso Chang Su showcases her instrument with sensitivity and whirlwind agility, while the United Musicians Symphony of Los Angeles is led by award-winning conductor Case Scaglione. Identity was recorded at the Clint Eastwood Scoring Stage at Warner Brothers Studios in 2010, and has been subsequently performed in the United States, Canada, and mainland China.



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Scott M

Thrilling, stirring, addictive!
In January 2016 Chang Su traveled to Hyannis MA to perform the third movement of Identity Concerto with the Cape Symphony. I loved it and had to find a recording. The other two movements are just as lush and worthy of repeat listening. If you love film scores, you should enjoy this Concerto. My congratulations to the composers and the performers for a great work of art!