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Pa-Mun: Ripples on Water (Kore

Klara Min , Chae; Yun; Pagh-Paan; Kang; Ki Audio CD
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Award-winning pianist Klara Min has been recognized for her "excellent technique, exuberance and vitality" . Here she brings the unique synthesis of traditional sources and contemporary compositional techniques of five leading Korean composers. Their work

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Œuvres de Pagh-Paan, Yun, Kang, Chae & Kim / Klara Min, piano

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3.0 out of 5 stars Klara Min/Piano Music from Korea/ Naxos Aug. 20 2011
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Klara Min/Piano Music from Korea/ Naxos
Reviewers want to write good reviews, really. In this CD of South Korea piano music from the Late 20th C, the pianist Klara Min makes a valiant effort and she is definitely a gifted performer (She's also very attractive which is prerequisite for all new classical artists). But I have two major complaints, which make me sound crankier than I really am. First of all, is this Korea music? Sounds more like a Second Viennese School epidemic swept over South Korean'only the North Koreans would have the good sense and army to keep this music out of their country. Not only (in general), is the music completely lifted from 1920-30's Germany, it is entirely derivative of that style, AND is also dated in that style'being at least 20 years behind the proto-serialist curve. My second complaint is Klara Min is not the player for this music'although some aspects she does very well. Her whole approach is too politely Mozartian, her playing lacking the exaggerated tempos, dynamics, and phrasing needed to bring this already dying music alive.

The first piece is by Pagh-Paan (1971 ) and I swear I'm listening to the Schoenberg Piano Concerto, 30 years earlier. The next piece is the famous Isang Yun (1958) with more Schoenberg/Webern barnburning derivativeness.

Finally, in the next piece, 'Interludium 'by Isang Yun (1982) there's more musical interest, as Korea no longer sounds like a satellite of Weimar Germany. There's More messiaenic /French pianism and a more post-serial /post modern approach. This style also includes a Stockhausen/Asian neo-simplicity and as well as 19th C /French pianistic gestures. Formally it pits more reflective spacious sections with violent passionate ones.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Klara Min/Piano Music from Korea/ Naxos Aug. 20 2011
By Mike Maguire - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Klara Min/Piano Music from Korea/ Naxos
Reviewers want to write good reviews, really. In this CD of South Korea piano music from the Late 20th C, the pianist Klara Min makes a valiant effort and she is definitely a gifted performer (She's also very attractive which is prerequisite for all new classical artists). But I have two major complaints, which make me sound crankier than I really am. First of all, is this Korea music? Sounds more like a Second Viennese School epidemic swept over South Korean--only the North Koreans would have the good sense and army to keep this music out of their country. Not only (in general), is the music completely lifted from 1920-30's Germany, it is entirely derivative of that style, AND is also dated in that style--being at least 20 years behind the proto-serialist curve. My second complaint is Klara Min is not the player for this music--although some aspects she does very well. Her whole approach is too politely Mozartian, her playing lacking the exaggerated tempos, dynamics, and phrasing needed to bring this already dying music alive.

The first piece is by Pagh-Paan (1971 ) and I swear I'm listening to the Schoenberg Piano Concerto, 30 years earlier. The next piece is the famous Isang Yun (1958) with more Schoenberg/Webern barnburning derivativeness.

Finally, in the next piece, "Interludium "by Isang Yun (1982) there's more musical interest, as Korea no longer sounds like a satellite of Weimar Germany. There's More messiaenic /French pianism and a more post-serial /post modern approach. This style also includes a Stockhausen/Asian neo-simplicity and as well as 19th C /French pianistic gestures. Formally it pits more reflective spacious sections with violent passionate ones. Her best playing throughout the CD is in the slow reflective stuff -just a simple repeated motiv -it's very effective. She brings a kind of delicate, brittle vulnerablness to her playing--which is great for Mozart. But this music also needs extreme playing -flawless transitions and violence where the piano timbre turns to white heat.

The next piece is Sukhi Kang (1966) and we're back to very sparse webernishness with slightly more tonalized rows. She does do the row melodies with exquisite shaping. Sadly this music is very much from the 1930's sound world --other major composer in the 60's were already stretching serialism to its death kneel conclusion.

The penultimate composer is Uzong Chae (2003 )and as Ms. Min has chosen 3 excerpts from a larger piece, it's difficult to know the composer's vision. It's like still photographs of a feature length movie. This is regrettably the only 21st c piece stylistically --coplandesque motiv (Billy the Kid) over multi-layered tonality.

Finally, the last piece by Chung Gill Kim (1982) is again excerpts--so it's difficult to know the context of the music--least it's not serial. There is some really interesting `stare music' (best music on the CD and more of her best playing) that repeats the same patterns in the left and right hand.---this kind of playing requires a deep intuitive understanding of the shaping of the long patterns. It suddenly occurred to me there a kind of Russian folk quality present-- I've never thought how close the countries are.

In conclusion, unless you are researching the spread of the disease of academic serialism through the civilized world, probably this CD is not for you. To Klara Mins' credit, she brings a clear and sincere approach.
4.0 out of 5 stars Korean Music June 3 2013
By Dianne G. - Published on Amazon.com
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Very interesting a bit discordant music. I have used it a couple times, and enjoy it for it's unusual attitude. It is worth the money to purchase it and arrived well packaged.
5.0 out of 5 stars An unusual, challenging, and elegant disc Dec 23 2011
By Howard Vidaver - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The album is a piano collection from a group of Korean composers with pieces written across a span, middle to late 20th century and early 21st. In Each piece Klara Min demonstrates her remarkable sensitivity and musical maturity. The only composer in the group familiar to me is Isang Yun whose orchestral music is wonderful and astonishing. His smaller scale piano pieces here are imaginative and first rate. The other pieces on the disc are fully engaging; Min plays with impressive technique and emotional range.

The other reviewer on this page appears obsessed with the second Viennese school. As he comes to the disc with an agenda, he ends up hearing bad echos of Vienna instead of listening for Seoul and an Asian aesthetic in general. Surely there is international influence, hardly a problem.

This is a fine disc with deeply rewarding though somewhat challenging music. It's beautifully played and recorded.
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