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The very best of Chinese Music (CD)
on 17 October 2011
This is a very atmospheric recording by contemporary musicians from various regions of China. Many of the musicians are instructors, for example the Soprano Wei Li lectures in music and drama at London University, and I was a little disappointed that there were not more vocal tracks on the album, but the last track is a lovely song, Beautiful Nandu River.
Award winning Xu Pingxin is one of the first people to hold a Masters Degree in 'yang-qi'(dulcimer)performance, and is represented here by a Cantonese tune; Raindrops beating on Banana Leaves.
Two tracks by the Hanshin Chinese Folk and Dance Ensemble founded in 1991 feature well known tunes from Taiwan; a very rythmical Ballad of Four Seasons, and Spring Dawn at Yang Ming Mountain, derived from Folk Dance music.
Very haunting lute music is featured on a track by Miao Xiaoyun; Sound from Afar.
A lovely peaceful melody, Liang Xiao composed at New Year 1927 is played on the xiao (long lute), by Heart of Dragon Ensemble, a UK based group who also play Little Boat, a dulcimer track which evokes a very picturesque scene.
Prize winning Zhou Yu & Ensemle present a erhu (violin) track; Song of the Heart.
Another UK based musician from Beijing Cheng Yu, performs with the London Chinese Orchestra featuring the pipa (pear shaped lute) and drums on; Water Flowing from High Mountain.
After gaduating from Shanghai Conservatory of Music. Chen Dacan became interested in Chinese Religious Music (Taoist and Buddist),and studied extensively in France before settling in the UK as leader of the London Chinese Orchestra. Here he plays another evocative melody; Spring Water Reflects the Moon.
This Audio CD comes with an attractive booklet of notes in English German and French. The music has great Universal appeal as is the case with much Folk and Traditional music around the world, and the inspiration drawn from natural surroundings, as many of these songs do, can be related to an everyday experience. It is alive.