Lei Liang: A Thousand Mountains, A Million Streams
November 2018
Disc 1: 57:06
  • Boston Modern Orchestra Project
  • Gil Rose, conductor

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Track listing

Disc 1 
 Five Seasons
2.I. Dew-Drop
3.II. Water-Play
4.III. Cicada Chorus
5.IV. Leaves-Fall
6.V. Drumming
 A Thousand Mountains, A Million Streams
7.Mountains in Darkness and the Piercing Light
8.Mountains Gradually Draw Closer
9.A Song Emerges
10.Flying Clouds
11.Admonition: the Breaking Down of Landscapes
12.Opening the Inner Eyes
13.Vibration and Pulsations
14.Ethereal Lights and Distant Mountains
15.Mountains Breathing
16.Mountains in Motion
17.Mountains Take Flight
18.The Shredding of Landscapes
19.Healing Rain Drops/Part I
20.Healing Rain Drops/Part II
21.Landscape's Heartbeat Returns

News and Press

[Interview] Scorched Silence, Fragile Rebirth, Award-Winning Music

The apartment building in which the composer Lei Liang grew up, in Beijing in the 1970s, was a musicological beehive. Its residents worked at the Music Research Institute of the Chinese Academy of Arts, which had an archive of rare historical recordings that had been saved, often at great personal cost, from destruction in the Cultural Revolution.

The New York Times Full review
[CD Review] Lei Liang in ARG

Lei LIang (b. 1972) seeks to "create music as if painted with a sonic brush." Painting seems to be among Mr. Liang's dominant interests. These works consist of abstract strokes of shape and color, inspired by his Chinese heritage. Growing up as his musicologist mother was shipped out as a farmer in the midst of the Cultural Revolution, he eventually settled in America, where he became involved with Chou-Wen Chung. He later earned his PhD at Harvard and now teaches at University of California-San Diego (a hotbed of America avant-gardeism.)

American Record Guide Full review
[CD Review] Lei Liang in Gramophone

Lei Liang (b1972) was born in China then in the grip of the Cultural Revolution, but left to study in the US and has remained there ever since, taking citizenship in 2006. The alto saxophone concerto Xiaoxiang was composed shortly
afterwards (2009, though based on an earlier piece for saxophone and electronics); it is given here in its 2014 revision. A concentrated (ten-and-a half minute) concerto-cum-tone poem, its single span was derived from an

Gramophone Full review