Feminine Fusion

February 5, 2017: Looking East


The sheng, a Chinese mouth-blown “organ” of sorts, originated over 3,000 years ago.

“Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.”  – Confucius, Book of Rites


On this episode, we look East, to the women of Asia who are making news in the classical music world.  You’ll hear about Zheng Xiaoying, China’s first female conductor, Tran Kim Ngoc, a Vietnamese composer and performer, South Korean composer Unsuk Chin, and a name you probably already know – violinist Midori.  You’ll hear music that is familiar, as well as a blend of music from East and West.  Be sure to tune in to this week’s edition of Feminine Fusion!


“Looking East”


Huang Anlun:  Piano Concerto in G minor, Op. 25b, Mvt. II
Joseph Banowetz, piano
China National Opera House Symphony Orchestra; Zheng Xiaoying, cond.
“Piano Concerto in G Minor”
Marco Polo 225830

Unsuk Chin:  Su, for sheng and orchestra
Wu Wei, sheng
Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra; Myung-Whun Chung, cond.
“Unsuk Chin: 3 Concertos”
Deutsche Grammophon 4810971

Beethoven:  Violin Sonata No. 8, Op. 30, No. 3
Midori, violin; Robert McDonald, piano
“Midori Live at Carnegie Hall”
Sony Classical 46742


If you’d like to listen to some of Tran Kim Ngoc‘s music, there are streaming audio and video samples available on her website: kimngoc.weebly.com

Run time:  58:46


Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music.  Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform, and inspire.  Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.

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