Titles mentioned in the Bookshelf Section
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CD Photo: Reme Grefalda
Recorded and mixed at Wellspring Sound, Acton, MA USA
Produced by Shey Studio & QBd Ink: Friends of the Performing Artist, Washington, D.C.
Musical scores, courtesy of The National Philharmonic Society of the Philippines
CD Release 2004
Inquiries re availability at SheyStudio@aol.com
U.S.$18.00 (postage & handling not included)
"It seemed rather odd that Shey, an American of Chinese descent, should be promoting and popularizing Filipino compositions in the US, but in brief remarks, he confessed he became enarmored of Filipino works when he first heard Hating Gabi a composition by National Artist Antonio Molina. Sheys engaging personality shone through in his mischievously witty sallies which underscored his partiality for our compositions. Whenever he was asked, "What time is it?", he would invariably reply, "Hating gabi."
Before embarking on the Filipino works, arrangements of which were by Redentor Romero, Shey rendered the allegro movement of Beethovens Sonata in F Major and Kreislers Praeludium and allegro in clear, precise tones which demonstrated a sure technique drawn from solid basic training.
A. Molinas Hating Gabi, H. Rubios Salamism, Cavatina by N. Abelardo (after whom the CCP main theater is named), S. Suarezs Katakataka, and Matud Nila (authorship of this is being contested) proved that lyricism is a common gift of the classic Filipino composers, as are gentleness, romanticism and passion which Shey eloquently conveyed with deep feeling and sensitivity, the exquisite melodies inherent in the compositions surfacing, particularly in Hating Gabi and Cavatina. Bayan Ko by C. de Guzman (from the zarzuela Walang Sugat), our stirring second national anthem, evoked strong feelings of patriotism and love for a now beleaguered, perturbed country. It drew lusty applause to which Shey responded with a delightful, sparkling Chinese Spring Song. "
Sundry Strokes by Rosalinda L. Orosa, columnist; excerpt from her review of the Jan. 2, 2004 Concert by Stephen Y.S. Shey at the James B. Reuter Theatre in Quezon City, Philippines, Philippine Star Jan. 10, 2004
[Portrait of Stephen Shey]