Solos: Solo Works of Daniel Asia

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Publicized by the label as "progressive classical", Daniel Asia's music may be more accurately described as accessibly modernist, defined as a sophisticated blending of neo-Romantic lyricism and traditional tonality with advanced techniques and some improvisational operations, discreetly borrowed from the avant-garde and free jazz. Excluding his "Piano Sonata," perhaps his most imposing solo work, this 2005 Summit release covers Asia's other instrumental works from a 25-year period, so dated by the outer movements of "The Alex Set for oboe" 1971, 1996, and including "Orange for viola" and "Dream Sequence I for trombone" both 1976, "Plum-DS II for flute or multiple ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Publicized by the label as "progressive classical", Daniel Asia's music may be more accurately described as accessibly modernist, defined as a sophisticated blending of neo-Romantic lyricism and traditional tonality with advanced techniques and some improvisational operations, discreetly borrowed from the avant-garde and free jazz. Excluding his "Piano Sonata," perhaps his most imposing solo work, this 2005 Summit release covers Asia's other instrumental works from a 25-year period, so dated by the outer movements of "The Alex Set for oboe" 1971, 1996, and including "Orange for viola" and "Dream Sequence I for trombone" both 1976, "Plum-DS II for flute or multiple flutes" 1977, and "Marimba Music" 1983. Since Asia's tone is usually more poetic than dramatic, and his approach more exploratory than confrontational, there are few disturbing moments in these instrumental reveries, beyond a startling multiphonic here or an abrasive multistop there. The predominance of single lines, however simple or elaborate, tends to make Asia's music somewhat rarefied and meditative, and this is particularly effective in the expressive performance of "Orange" by violist Hong-Mei Xiao. Oboist Alex Klein, flutist Robert Dick, marimbist Paul Fadoul, and trombonist Benny Sluchin deliver meticulous and evocative readings of their respective pieces, and their polished playing is quite enjoyable in the ideally resonant acoustic.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/24/2005
  • Label: Summit(Classical)
  • UPC: 099402422923
  • Catalog Number: 422
  • Sales rank: 293,911

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–5 The Alex Set, for solo oboe - Daniel Asia & Alex Klein (11:52)
  2. 2 Plum-DS II, for solo flute (Dream Sequence II) - Daniel Asia & Robert Dick (11:50)
  3. 7–13 Orange, for solo viola - Daniel Asia & Hong-Mei Xiao (18:13)
  4. 14–16 Marimba Music, for marimba - Daniel Asia & Paul Fadoul (18:25)
  5. 15 Dream Sequence I, for solo trombone - Daniel Asia & Benny Sluchin (13:24)
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