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Mei Yi Foo - Musical Toys: GUBAIDULINA, CHIN, LIGETI

Mei Yi Foo - Musical Toys: GUBAIDULINA, CHIN, LIGETI

Genre : Classical
Catalogue: ODRCD302
UPC: 855317003028
Release Date : 1 / May / 2012
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  1. 1 Gubaidulina – Musical Toys (1969) – I Mechanical Accordion
  2. 2 Gubaidulina – Musical Toys (1969) – II Magic Roundabout
  3. 3 Gubaidulina – Musical Toys (1969) – III The Trumpeter in the Forest
  4. 4 Gubaidulina – Musical Toys (1969) – IV The Magic Smith
  5. 5 Gubaidulina – Musical Toys (1969) – V April Day
  6. 6 Gubaidulina – Musical Toys (1969) – VI Song of the Fisherman
  7. 7 Gubaidulina – Musical Toys (1969) – VII The Little Tit
  8. 8 Gubaidulina – Musical Toys (1969) – VIII A Bear Playing the Double Bass and the Black Woman
  9. 9 Gubaidulina – Musical Toys (1969) – IX The Woodpecker
  10. 10 Gubaidulina – Musical Toys (1969) – X The Elk Clearing
  11. 11 Gubaidulina – Musical Toys (1969) – XI Sleigh with Little Bells
  12. 12 Gubaidulina – Musical Toys (1969) – XII The Echo
  13. 13 Gubaidulina – Musical Toys (1969) – XIII The Drummer
  14. 14 Gubaidulina – Musical Toys (1969) – XIV Forest Musicians
  15. 15 Chin – Six Piano Études (First Recording) (1995 – 2003) – I In C
  16. 16 Chin – Six Piano Études (First Recording) (1995 – 2003) – II Sequenzen
  17. 17 Chin – Six Piano Études (First Recording) (1995 – 2003) – III Scherzo ad libitum – IV Scalen
  18. 18 Chin – Six Piano Études (First Recording) (1995 – 2003) – IV Scalen
  19. 19 Chin – Six Piano Études (First Recording) (1995 – 2003) – V Toccata
  20. 20 Chin – Six Piano Études (First Recording) (1995 – 2003) – VI Grains
  21. 21 Ligeti – Musica Ricercata (1951-3) – I Sostenuto – Misurato – Prestissimo
  22. 22 Ligeti – Musica Ricercata (1951-3) – II Mesto, rigido e cerimoniale
  23. 23 Ligeti – Musica Ricercata (1951-3) – III Allegro con spirito
  24. 24 Ligeti – Musica Ricercata (1951-3) – IV Tempo de Valse (poco vivace – «à l’orgue de Barbarie»)
  25. 25 Ligeti – Musica Ricercata (1951-3) – V Rubato. Lamentoso
  26. 26 Ligeti – Musica Ricercata (1951-3) – VI Allegro molto capriccioso
  27. 27 Ligeti – Musica Ricercata (1951-3) – VII Cantabile, molto legato
  28. 28 Ligeti – Musica Ricercata (1951-3) – VIII Vivace. Energico
  29. 29 Ligeti – Musica Ricercata (1951-3) – IX (Béla Bartók in memoriam) Adagio. Mesto – Allegro maestoso
  30. 30 Ligeti – Musica Ricercata (1951-3) – X Vivace. Capriccioso
  31. 31 Ligeti – Musica Ricercata (1951-3) – XI (Omaggio a Girolamo Frescobaldi) Andante misurato e tranquillo

MEI YI FOO – Musical Toys

GUBAIDULINA: Musical Toys; CHIN: Six Piano Etudes; LIGETI: Musica Ricercata

2013 “BBC Newcomer of the Year” for this disc, Malaysian pianist Mei Yi Foo gives the world premiere recording of Unsuk Chin’s extremely virtuosic Piano Études, which take up and develop on the legacy of Ligeti’s. Following the artist’s recommendation, the listener is invited to create their own playlist, and playfully intersperse these among the other “musical toys” on the album, including Ligeti’s Musica Ricercata and Gubaidulina’s Musical Toys.

Booklet in English, Italian, and German.
Program notes by Hugh Collins Rice.

Reviews

“Mei Yi Foo is a unique musician, who has played my Piano Etudes with astounding perfection and creativity.”
Unsuk Chin

“The world premiere of Unsuk Chin’s piano etudes is the ear-catcher on Mei Yi Foo’s debut album… Two sets of sound adventures by Gubaidulina and Ligeti take the ear where it has never thought to go before, and with a pianist it can really trust.”
La Scena Musicale “CD of the Week” – Norman Lebrecht / 21 May 2012

“A delightfully concieved, presented and played collection of miniatures. Gubaidulina’s Musical Toys charm, Ligeti is riveting, while Unsuk Chin’s Etudes should rapidly enter the repertoire.” 5 STARS
BBC Music Magazine – Christopher Dingle / August 2012

“Mei Yi’s playing catches the whimsy behind Gubaidulina and Ligeti’s sets nicely… Her ability is proved in the more extended pieces… but most especially in Unsuk’s Studies, which are thrown off with élan.”
International Piano Magazine – Guy Rickards / September 2012

“Mei Yi Foo is a major talent, and brings together her gifts for playing the piano with those of how to program an unforgettable performance.”
David Jaeger / 5 February 2013

“Mei Yi Foo succeeds very convincingly in the balancing act between stupendous dexterity and the expressive articulation of the occasionally abrupt, almost montage-like character changes within the etudes”
Neue Zuercher Zeitung – Hartmut Lücke / 22 February 2013

“… a program that is sure to engage the most serious listener while seeking out that listener’s funny bone at the same time.”
Examiner: A thoroughly playful recital recording from Malaysian pianist Mei Yi Foo – Stephen Smoliar / 25 February 2013

“The performances, so far as I could judge, are impressively correct, and the recorded sound is excellent. Certainly worth a listen for the adventurous.”
Music Web International – Paul Corfield Godfrey / 26 March 2013

“… formidable pianistic powers, vivid imagination and seductive wit…”
BBC Music Magazine: Awards Jury of the 2013 BBC Music Magazine Awards / 2013

“The work that makes the CD essential is Unsuk Chin’s set of Six Piano Etudes… The fifth is a hurtling toccata, wittily delivered by Foo’s flying fingers. Liberating, that’s what this CD is, as well as a joy for ever.”
The Times – Geoff Brown / 19 April 2013

“It must be the first time [Gubaidulina] has been portrayed as a Lego figure on a CD sleeve…”
BBC Music Magazine Awards Issue / May 2013

“By common consent… the star turn came from an artist few of us had heard of, London-based Malaysian pianist Mei Yi Foo, Newcomer of the Year. Hers was the disc you wanted to rush out and buy on the strength of what we heard.”
Arts Desk ‘Newcomers triumph at BBC Music Magazine Awards’ - David Nice / 10 April 2013

“Mei Yi Foo swept us all away with the canny choice of pieces… I hear so much imagination in the distant voices of the Gubaidulina, while the Chin is technically terrific…”
Blog: ‘I’ll think of something later’ – David Nice / 11 April 2013

“… highly enjoyable. Delicious even… This release comes from Odradek Records, a cooperative, artist-controlled, not-for-profit venture. It’s well engineered and handsomely annotated – a desert island disc.”
The Arts Desk – Graham Rickson / 25 May 2013

“… intelligence in programming, sensitivity of touch, digital brilliance and tonal allure.”
Singapore Straits Times Chang – Tou Liang / 2 May 2013

“…The album has been a rapid hit, reaching No.3 on Amazon’s classical chart and becoming the best seller among Odradek’s first five releases. Topping that off, it won Foo the BBC Music Magazine award for best newcomer…”
Classical Music Magazine – Phillip Sommerich / June 2013

“Foo’s sensitive touch and her foray into different sound worlds yield delightful results in Musical Toys. Utilizing a playful simplicity across a rich harmonic palette, she is wistfully humorous… compelling… remarkable…”
Clavier Companion – Sang Woo Kang / May -June 2013

“… a disarmingly light touch and a sense of whimsy that is perfect for this repertory… A delightful surprise, highly recommended.”
American Record Guide – Jack Sullivan / June 2013

“Foo’s ever-extending repertoire of ‘musical toys’ [is] both simple and complex (sometimes both together)… Her modesty is endearing; her genius is now unquestionable.”
The Arts Desk – David Nice / 20 April 2013

“The young Malaysian pianist Mei Yi Foo scooped an audience prize for her album of contemporary piano pieces, Musical Toys: she proved herself a terrific player, assured, intelligent and glitter-fingered.”
Jessica Duchen / 10 April 2013

“… she plays everything with such joyful, uninhibited innocence and unerring precision that the titular embrace is apt… definitive… a pianist to watch.”
Words and Music: ‘Chin Up’ – Rick Jones / 8 August 2013

“Technically demanding works are presented without sacrificing a near-prankish, Cageian sense of mischief… a light, fluent sense of joy and adventure, liberating the piano’s enduring capacity to surprise.”
Sinfini Music: ‘Toying with the piano's history’ – Paul Morley / 20 May 2013

“… a program that’s presented excitingly and recorded with very good sound quality.”
“Technically demanding works are presented without sacrificing a near-prankish, Cageian sense of mischief… a light, fluent sense of joy and adventure, liberating the piano’s enduring capacity to surprise.”
Pizzicato – Remy Franck / 10 October 2014

“Well-deserved praise for the Malaysian-born pianist Mei Yi Foo.”
Musique classique & Co - Thierry Vagne / 25 December 2016

1 Gubaidulina – Musical Toys (1969) – I Mechanical Accordion // Mei Yi Foo - Musical Toys: GUBAIDULINA, CHIN, LIGETI
  1. 1 Gubaidulina – Musical Toys (1969) – I Mechanical Accordion // Mei Yi Foo - Musical Toys: GUBAIDULINA, CHIN, LIGETI
  2. 2 Gubaidulina – Musical Toys (1969) – II Magic Roundabout // Mei Yi Foo - Musical Toys: GUBAIDULINA, CHIN, LIGETI
  3. 3 Gubaidulina – Musical Toys (1969) – III The Trumpeter in the Forest // Mei Yi Foo - Musical Toys: GUBAIDULINA, CHIN, LIGETI
  4. 4 Gubaidulina – Musical Toys (1969) – IV The Magic Smith // Mei Yi Foo - Musical Toys: GUBAIDULINA, CHIN, LIGETI
  5. 5 Gubaidulina – Musical Toys (1969) – V April Day // Mei Yi Foo - Musical Toys: GUBAIDULINA, CHIN, LIGETI
  6. 6 Gubaidulina – Musical Toys (1969) – VI Song of the Fisherman // Mei Yi Foo - Musical Toys: GUBAIDULINA, CHIN, LIGETI
  7. 7 Gubaidulina – Musical Toys (1969) – VII The Little Tit // Mei Yi Foo - Musical Toys: GUBAIDULINA, CHIN, LIGETI
  8. 8 Gubaidulina – Musical Toys (1969) – VIII A Bear Playing the Double Bass and the Black Woman // Mei Yi Foo - Musical Toys: GUBAIDULINA, CHIN, LIGETI
  9. 9 Gubaidulina – Musical Toys (1969) – IX The Woodpecker // Mei Yi Foo - Musical Toys: GUBAIDULINA, CHIN, LIGETI
  10. 10 Gubaidulina – Musical Toys (1969) – X The Elk Clearing // Mei Yi Foo - Musical Toys: GUBAIDULINA, CHIN, LIGETI
  11. 11 Gubaidulina – Musical Toys (1969) – XI Sleigh with Little Bells // Mei Yi Foo - Musical Toys: GUBAIDULINA, CHIN, LIGETI
  12. 12 Gubaidulina – Musical Toys (1969) – XII The Echo // Mei Yi Foo - Musical Toys: GUBAIDULINA, CHIN, LIGETI
  13. 13 Gubaidulina – Musical Toys (1969) – XIII The Drummer // Mei Yi Foo - Musical Toys: GUBAIDULINA, CHIN, LIGETI
  14. 14 Gubaidulina – Musical Toys (1969) – XIV Forest Musicians // Mei Yi Foo - Musical Toys: GUBAIDULINA, CHIN, LIGETI
  15. 15 Chin – Six Piano Études (First Recording) (1995 – 2003) – I In C // Mei Yi Foo - Musical Toys: GUBAIDULINA, CHIN, LIGETI
  16. 16 Chin – Six Piano Études (First Recording) (1995 – 2003) – II Sequenzen // Mei Yi Foo - Musical Toys: GUBAIDULINA, CHIN, LIGETI
  17. 17 Chin – Six Piano Études (First Recording) (1995 – 2003) – III Scherzo ad libitum – IV Scalen // Mei Yi Foo - Musical Toys: GUBAIDULINA, CHIN, LIGETI
  18. 18 Chin – Six Piano Études (First Recording) (1995 – 2003) – IV Scalen // Mei Yi Foo - Musical Toys: GUBAIDULINA, CHIN, LIGETI
  19. 19 Chin – Six Piano Études (First Recording) (1995 – 2003) – V Toccata // Mei Yi Foo - Musical Toys: GUBAIDULINA, CHIN, LIGETI
  20. 20 Chin – Six Piano Études (First Recording) (1995 – 2003) – VI Grains // Mei Yi Foo - Musical Toys: GUBAIDULINA, CHIN, LIGETI
  21. 21 Ligeti – Musica Ricercata (1951-3) – I Sostenuto – Misurato – Prestissimo // György Ligeti
  22. 22 Ligeti – Musica Ricercata (1951-3) – II Mesto, rigido e cerimoniale // György Ligeti
  23. 23 Ligeti – Musica Ricercata (1951-3) – III Allegro con spirito // György Ligeti
  24. 24 Ligeti – Musica Ricercata (1951-3) – IV Tempo de Valse (poco vivace – «à l’orgue de Barbarie») // György Ligeti
  25. 25 Ligeti – Musica Ricercata (1951-3) – V Rubato. Lamentoso // György Ligeti
  26. 26 Ligeti – Musica Ricercata (1951-3) – VI Allegro molto capriccioso // György Ligeti
  27. 27 Ligeti – Musica Ricercata (1951-3) – VII Cantabile, molto legato // György Ligeti
  28. 28 Ligeti – Musica Ricercata (1951-3) – VIII Vivace. Energico // György Ligeti
  29. 29 Ligeti – Musica Ricercata (1951-3) – IX (Béla Bartók in memoriam) Adagio. Mesto – Allegro maestoso // György Ligeti
  30. 30 Ligeti – Musica Ricercata (1951-3) – X Vivace. Capriccioso // György Ligeti
  31. 31 Ligeti – Musica Ricercata (1951-3) – XI (Omaggio a Girolamo Frescobaldi) Andante misurato e tranquillo // György Ligeti