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1. Jackdaws Playing In The Water
2. King Chu Sheds His Armor
3. Sounds From The Chen And Sui Dynasties
4. Han Palace Autumn Moon
5. Song Of The Northern Frontier (Nostagia For...)
6. Zhao Jun Crosses The Frontier Pass
7. Spring, River, Flower, Moon, Night

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Just buy it. You'll love it =) 19 Nov 2004
By Pharoah S. Wail - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I should be flogged for not reviewing this disc years earlier. Hearing Min on this disc was one reason I bought (and reviewed 3 or 4 years ago) her great Viper disc with Derek Bailey. I don't know why I didn't get around to this one, as it is a treasure chest of fantastic playing and tone, as well as engaging melodies.

I personally tend to favor the WEN style over the WU. The WEN style stuff is just flat-out gorgeous more often than not. The WU has more of an explosive, in-your-faceness to it that I enjoy, but it doesn't move me as deeply as the WEN.

If you have heard the Viper disc, these are 2 very different discs. Viper being all free-improvisation, while here you get a mini, sonic history of China. Sometimes gorgeous and gentle, sometimes violent and overwhelming... it's all here.

Then again, if you've never heard the pipa, or Min in particular, this is the perfect place to begin.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Powerful 6 May 2007
By Chelsea M. Zahn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The instrument of pipa is very effective in telling stories. Scenes and emotion in the music are so vivid that it makes you feel that you are part of the story. Listen to "King Chu sheds his armor" and you will understand. I would provide some Chinese translation of the song titles but apparently amazon doesn't support Chinese character input. "Zhao Ju crosses the frontier" and "spring, river, flower, moon, night" are well known Chinese classics.

Personally I felt that she over stressed the powerfulness of the instrument at times. As a result, the melody of some of the pieces are not as smooth as it was written to be. If you are looking for "easy-listening" this is not the album you want to buy.
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