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  • Audio CD (19 Feb. 2007)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B000HEV9ZY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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1. 1. Prelude: The song of the Yellow River Boatmen - Lang Lang, China Philharmonic Orchestra, Long Yu, Chen Shasha, Wu Yuxia
2. 2. Ode to the Yellow River - Lang Lang, China Philharmonic Orchestra, Long Yu, Chen Shasha, Wu Yuxia
3. 3. The Yellow River in wrath - Lang Lang, China Philharmonic Orchestra, Long Yu, Chen Shasha, Wu Yuxia
4. 4. Defend the Yellow River - Lang Lang, China Philharmonic Orchestra, Long Yu, Chen Shasha, Wu Yuxia
5. Autumn Moon on a Calm Lake (pinghu qiuyue)
6. The Cowherd's Flute (Mutong duandi)
7. Dialogue in Song (dui hua)
8. Dance of Spring (chunwu)
9. Straw Hat Dance (caomao huawu)
10. Spring Wind (wang chunfeng)
11. Happy Times (fanshen de rizi)
12. Spring Flowers in the Moonlit Night on the River (chun jiang hua yue ye) - Fan Wei, Lang Lang
13. Dance from Qiuci (qiuci wu) - Zhang Jiali, Lang Lang
14. A Night on the Lake Beneath the Maple Bridge (fengqiao ye po) - Ji Wei, Lang Lang

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1. 1. Prelude: The song of the Yellow River Boatmen
2. 2. Ode to the Yellow River
3. 3. The Yellow River in wrath
4. 4. Defend the Yellow River
5. Autumn Moon on a Calm Lake (pinghu qiuyue)
6. The Cowherd's Flute (Mutong duandi)
7. Dialogue in Song (dui hua)
8. Dance of Spring (chunwu)
9. Straw Hat Dance (caomao huawu)
10. Spring Wind (wang chunfeng)
11. Happy Times (fanshen de rizi)
12. Spring Flowers in the Moonlit Night on the River (chun jiang hua yue ye)
13. Dance from Qiuci (qiuci wu)
14. A Night on the Lake Beneath the Maple Bridge (fengqiao ye po)

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Abert on 22 Jun. 2007
Format: Audio CD
This is a recording of Chinese composers' works.

The major work is the Huang He (Yellow River) Piano Concerto, a work that was rearranged in the 1960s from the original cantata 'Huang He' by Cantonese composer Xian Xing Hai.

This is a modern interpretation that would have set the heads of diehard Yin followers wagging. But the recording itself is nonetheless a remarkably novel and convincing interpretation.

Lang Lang and Yu Long, who conducts the Chinese Philharmonic Orchestra, have studied nearly all the predecessors' recordings of this work - notably Yin Cheng-zong and Shi Shu-cheng.

Yin's first recording dates back to 1970 or 1971. Since the work was commissioned by Jiang Qing, it had a highly propagandist flavour. Yin's interpretation is highly bombastic and technically dazzling. The latter feat could well-nigh be unsurpassable. Shi Shu-cheng offered an alternative version of the rearrangement in the early 1990s. The Maoist hymn 'Red East' was removed from the fourth movement.

While Lang Lang's version retained the original rearrangement of the work with the International Song and Red East, the style is basically different from Yin Cheng-zong's. If Shi Shu-cheng's famous later version shines in its lyrical Chinese style, Lang's version shines in its more modern lyricism. Some critics point out that the rhythm in the first movement 'Yellow River Boat Song' is inappropriately rendered by Lang and Yu - the cries of the Boatmen should be a steady-rhythmed motif - this is purely a subjective assumption. Boatmen, whether along the Huang He or Chang Jiang, do cry out in different rhythms. If one compares Lang's version with Yin or Shi's, the 'song' element is by far more evident.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Sm Schwetje-peters on 29 July 2007
Format: Audio CD
This is the first Cd of Chinese composers' works I have purchased and I find it one of the finest collections I have recently brought. I am not familiar with other recordings of the pieces on this album and therefore can not comment on Lang Lang's interpretation as such but I was left spell-bound by what I heard here. I brought this album after seeing Lang Lang play some of the works as part of an encore and he is clearly very fond of the music he grew up listening to and this is reflected in his performances on the album.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DOMINIC on 18 Nov. 2011
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I didn't know what to expect from this disc. Lang Lang plays with his usual verve & showmanship and it's hard to imagine anyone else doing quite the same job - I'm not sure a non-Chinese player would impart the right sort of flavour and sentiment into it. It's not a disc I want to sit and listen to from an armchair in front of the fire! - too strident and energetic for that. Nevertheless it's a disc I'll persevere with - it's growing on me slowly and each time I listen I hear new things. Well worth buying if you like piano music and have eclectic tastes - I wouldn't recommend it if you're a Chopin freak, you might end up with a nervous tic!
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