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Music, Food And Love
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Price:£3.96+ £1.26 shipping

on 12 February 2009
I have seen Guo in concert twice now, and every time I listen to this CD, I am as mesmerised as I was back then. Though not harmonically complex pretty much throughout, this album does contain a powerful throbbing, trembling and at times pounding emotion, founded in the suffering of the Chinese people at the hands of a communist government (particularly the track 'Su lin', written for his mother, whose appreciation for the arts and all things beautiful led her to be persecuted by the belief that all those not wholly devoted to Mao must be extirpated, manifest in murderous rampages).
Guo's mastery of the flute, amongst other instruments, is clear to anyone, whether musical scholar or otherwise, and through the brilliant capture of the timbre, it is almost possible to feel the twisting and the spiralling of his elegant melodies. It is not all heart-rending, and can run the gamut between jaunty Chinese folk and ancient eastern mysticism. In any case, it superbly represents not just the work and talent of the man himself, but the history and culture of one of the world's most intriguing nations.
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on 7 October 2013
I first heard Guo Yue at this years WOMAD festival and loved this music.

Beautifully played and composed music which relaxes and refreshes ...
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on 1 August 2007
Guo Yue's flute mesmorises and delights on this wonderful CD, which includes brief notes to the background of each song. Anyone who has seen him play live or attended one of his cookery workshops cannot fail to be inspired by his enthusiasm and talent for both music and food. This CD beautifully captures the essence of Yue, and is the perfect introduction for anyone yet to know him better. Go on, treat yourself and invest in this CD. You will not be disappointed.
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on 7 September 2013
So much that is beautiful has been lost in China, but listening to this demonstrates that at least the music has survived. Moving and enchanting.
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