Dragon Songs CD
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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.Read more ›
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I guess Chinese classical piano music is not everyone's cup of Lapsang souchong. However, brushing aside any preconceptions this CD is an accessible and superb introduction to... Read morePublished 18 months ago by vivien grant
I bought this after hearing the Yellow River Concerto on the radio, and though this is fine, the other tracks on the CD (which constitute the greater part of it) don't match... Read morePublished on 27 Jan. 2014 by Chris F