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FT asks for Unsuk Chin

The FT reviews Seoul Philharmonic / Chung Myung-whun playing Debussy and Ravel on DG, a release which coincides with their debut at the Edinburgh Festival #

Seoul Philharmonic / DG

The playing has precision and delicacy, showcased in the Mother Goose suite, but also the machine-like evenness characteristic of Asian orchestras. La Mer and La Valse are too smooth and self-effacing. Would it not have made more sense to record music by Unsuk Chin, South Korea’s leading composer, or more Messiaen, for which Myung-Whun Chung has an excellent pedigree?

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