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Conveying more than just words



Yang Shuxiang, violin, and Churen Li, piano

Marc Rochester


"Titled Ti, after the poem by Sun Ping Yu, which was the inspiration behind the 20-year-old Singaporean composer's work, it began with a cleverly conceived musical representation of the "withered leaf" of the poem.

A delicate shrivelling effect was created by Churen Li both striking the notes and twanging the strings inside the piano. The piece's ending was equally effective and, while Koh has yet to develop her true creative voice - the various stylistic influences in the middle were not fully absorbed into a unified language - this was a most compelling work, much aided by a deeply committed performance."