Born in 1917 in South Korea, Isang Yun began composing as a teenager. His career soon took him to Germany, where he mixed with all the great Europeans of the avant-garde, whose influence would nourish his music – also inspired by Korean traditions. This latter aspect is nevertheless not heard very much in Tapis, a beautiful instrumental movement for string orchestra. In these pages, in fact, the composer plays above all with the resources offered by an ensemble governed by a total homogeneity of timbres; and it is sometimes a question of exploiting this monochrome, sometimes of breaking down its unity.
To this sometimes enigmatic music, the musicians of the Korean Chamber Orchestra add the brilliance of Dmitri Shostakovich’s Concerto for piano, trumpet and string orchestra in C minor – one of the musician’s first great piano masterpieces – as well as the roundness of a moving Souvenir de Florence. A rich orchestral concert in prospect!
I. Yun  /  Tapis (version pour orchestre à cordes)
D. Chostakovitch  /  Concerto pour piano, trompette et orchestre à cordes en do mineur, Op.35
P. I. Tchaikovsky  /  Souvenir de Florence, Op.70