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Camerata Pacifica — Premiere Performance of Bright Sheng's Hot Pepper
Seeded by cameratapacifica on 30 Sep 2010
Author: CamerataPacifica
Based on a Chinese folk tune from the Sichuan province, Sheng's "Hot Pepper" takes its name from the area's fondness for hot spices. But the heat was also in a scorching performance. The 10-minute score had the feel of a Bartók rhapsody, a seductive warm-up of the tune, with some fancy virtuosic ornamentation, and then a section of wildness... Sheng chose mellow gong-like resonances to provide an atmosphere that was excitingly pierced by Leonard, a focused, fiery player ... Jung is a centered player who can give the impression of being very still yet at all places at once along her long instrument. She was, here, spectacular. Mark Swed, Los Angele Times, 9/13/10 (The original YouTube posting experienced audio glitches, here corrected.) RECORDED LIVE & UNEDITED. From the opening concert of Camerata Pacifica's 21st season. Catherine Leonard & Ji Hye Jung premiere "Hot Pepper" by Bright Sheng, commissioned by Bob Peirce as a birthday celebration for his wife, Sharon Harroun Peirce