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The Butterfly Lovers

Composer Gang Chen
Ho Zhanhao
Fritz Kreisler
Ma Sicong
Pablo de Sarasate
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky
Traditional
Henryk Wieniawski
Performer Lu Siqing
Taipei Chinese Orchestra
Yiu-Kwong Chung, conductor
Catalogue Number BIS-2104 SACD
EAN 7318599921044
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date May 2015
Total time 63'13


With an unparalleled potential for expressivity as well as for virtuoso display, the violin is one of the Western instruments that have been most warmly embraced by non-Western musical cultures. One example of this is The Butterfly Lovers' Violin Concerto, one of the best-loved classical compositions in China, and probably the Chinese work that is most often performed in Western concert halls. In China, the solo part is often transcribed for one of the traditional virtuoso instruments such as the erhu, but on the present recording it is instead the orchestral part that has been arranged for Chinese traditional orchestra, the eminent violinist Lu Siqing performing the concerto with the support of the Taipei Chinese Orchestra conducted by Chung Yiu-Kwong. The 25-minute concerto forms the grand finale of a programme which mixes Western and Chinese violin favourites, beginning most appropriately with Fritz Kreisler's Tambourin Chinois, but also taking in Sarasate's Zigeunerweisen and Tchaikovsky's Mélodie, all in arrangements made especially for this recording. The disc forms the sixth instalment in a series which features Western solo instruments against the thrilling soundscapes of the Chinese traditional orchestra. Reviewing previous discs, critics have been bowled over by an orchestra capable of 'evoking delicate playfulness, high drama, or the tranquillity of a misty Chinese valley with equal atmosphere' (Classic FM Magazine) and creating 'sounds that are mysterious, biting, intoxicating, and darned close to delirious' (Fanfare).
 
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  Fritz Kreisler
01 Tambourin Chinois, Op.3 3'37
 
 
  Henryk Wieniawski
02 Légende, Op.17 7'03
 
 
  Pablo de Sarasate
03 Zigeunerweisen, Op.20 8'35
 
 
  Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky
04 Mélodie from Souvenir d’un lieu cher, Op.42 No.3 3'40
 
 
  Traditional
05 Sunshine on Taxkorgan arr. Chen Gang & orch. Chung Yiu-Kwong 6'42
 
 
  Sicong Ma
06 Nostalgia from Inner Mongolia Suite, arr. Wu Ruey-Chen 5'39
 
 
  Gang Chen, Zhanhao Ho
  The Butterfly Lovers’ Violin Concerto 26'45
07 Part I: ‘Falling in Love’. Adagio cantabile – Allegro – Adagio assai doloroso 10'58
08 Part II: ‘Defiance’. Più mosso – Lagrimoso – Presto resoluto – Tranquillo 11'05
09 Part III: ‘Transformation’. Andante cantabile – Più mosso – Lento 4'42
 
  Album total 63'13
ComposerChen, Gang
Ho, Zhanhao
Kreisler, Fritz
Ma, Sicong
Sarasate, Pablo de
Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Il'yich
Traditional
Wieniawski, Henryk
ConductorChung, Yiu-Kwong
OrchestraTaipei Chinese Orchestra
ViolinLu Siqing

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