Lee/ Tang/ Zubow/ Kwark/ Lee - Millennial Masters 2


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Review Text ABLAZE Records is pleased to announce the winners of it's SECOND Millennial Masters Master tape prize. The winners are all included on ABLAZE Records Millennial Masters Vol. 2 CD. What ABLAZE was looking for were simply two things as we approached this second Millennial Masters volume: great compositions and excellent performances that were well recorded. We were again impressed at the level of the submissions and this second disc features music of wonderful composers from the USA, Hong Kong, Australia and Russia. MICHAEL LEE was awarded a place on the disc for his Capriccio for Violin and Piano 'a voice in the waves,' which impressed us with it's fluid drama and tight, focused intensity. LUCAS LECHOWSKI composed a work for multi-tracked violins, which is evocative, plaintive and atmospheric. We felt this matched well with much of the other music on the disc that uses electronics including DANIEL BLINKHORN's evocative soundscapes, which were so beautifully recorded and produced we could not pass them up. Solo violin also features in VERA IVANOVA's tremendous QUIET LIGHT: an abstract, searching evocation of light as it penetrates the dome of an ancient church. JOYCE WAI-CHUNG TANG's incisive and brilliant work for the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble (HKNME) earned a place on the disc for her terrific and fresh compositional voice, the great performance of the HKNME and the very high recording quality of her submission. ZACHARIAH ZUBOW's work was selected because of the evocative electronics he pairs with solo flute to make a work of high impact and dramatic structure. Instruments with electronics reach a lush, dramatic and virtuosic peak with ARTHUR GOTTSCHALK's glimmering and muscular work for brass instruments and electronics appropriately titled Heavy Metal. The work of STEPHEN YIP is again featured on this second volume of Millennial Masters recordings. Once more, his work is highly evocative, coloristic, poetic and wonderfully crafted. This collection of great works, tremendous performances and wonderful recordings is again mastered by our superb Four Time Grammy Award winning mastering engineer, Silas Brown and beautifully designed by ABLAZE graphic artist Josephine McLachlan. When it comes to new music, quality audio, great performances and bold, dramatic, original conceptions, you don't have to look any further than ABLAZE Records. MICHAEL LEE is a Korean-American composer born in Atlanta and is currently studying under Prof. Samuel Adler at the Juilliard School of Music in New York. Mr. Lee is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music where he was the recipient of both the Bernard Rogers Memorial Prize and the Howard Hanson Award. Among his many accomplishments, Michael is most recently a finalist in the 28th ALEA II International Composition Competition. Michael's Capriccio for violin and piano 'a voice in the waves' received very high praise and personal critique from the faculty at Juilliard, including John Corigliano, Robert Beaser, and Christopher Rouse. Michael is a recipient of the $20,000 Cartwright Scholarship from Juilliard. Michael is also a recipient of a letter of praise from BMI for a 'promising work for the future' for his Metropolis Piano Concerto. He has received a $1,000 professional performance award for his chamber work, which has been performed in the same program with the Van Cliburn Gold medalist, Jon Nakamatsu. His work has also been selected for professional orchestral performances in Europe. Michael has continuously received guidance and high commendations for his young, innovative and ambitious music compositions by a wide array of successful composers of various styles including Milton Babbitt, Christopher Theofanidis, Yehudi Wyner, Sir Nicholas Maw, Samuel Adler and John Corigliano. Michael's developing and maturing interests have revolved around his pride and passion for being an American composer. Capriccio for violin and piano 'a voice in the waves.' 'This piece was written for Jiwon Kwark,

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