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Xiaogang Ye - Sichuan Image

Composer Xiaogang Ye
Performer Yang Jiang
Yue Li
Noriko Ogawa
Lei Wang
Xue Yang
Royal Scottish National Orchestra
José Serebrier, conductor
Period Contemporary
Catalogue Number BIS-2303 CD
EAN 7318590023037
Format CD
Release date Jun 2022
Total time 62'30


Album release: 3rd June 2022
Born in Shanghai in 1955, Xiaogang Ye is regarded as one of China’s leading contemporary composers. He has written music in a variety of genres, including symphonic and chamber works as well as scores for the stage. Ye has also composed music for films and the two works recorded here are both examples of this. Sichuan Image consists of 29 brief and atmospheric pieces composed to accompany a filmed travelogue of the scenic province in Western China. In preparation for the work, the composer visited mountains, river, villages and ancient historical sites in Sichuan. Lending further colour to the large symphony orchestra, four Chinese musicians perform on traditional instruments.

The disc closes with Concerto of Life, a suite in five movements for piano and orchestra with Noriko Ogawa taking on the solo part. The work is based on the score for a feature film of the same name telling the story of a piano teacher and his students. Ogawa has also appeared on a previous disc of Ye’s music alongside the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and conductor José Serebrier – a disc named Editor's Choice in the Gramophone, whose reviewer described the performances as 'superb' and Ye's scores as possessing ‘lyrical elegance, searching drama and depth of colour…’
 
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  Xiaogang Ye
  Sichuan Image for orchestra, Op. 70 47'07
01 I. Prelude. Memory of Sichuan 1'28
02 II. Mt Bashan 0'53
03 III. Shadow of Bamboo 1'03
04 IV. The Torrent in Yankou 1'17
05 V. The Distant Water in Hechuan 1'55
06 VI. A Night in Bazhong 1'02
07 VII. Riverside of Jialing River 0'39
08 VIII. Torrential Chuan River 1'19
09 IX. Mt Meishan 2'30
10 X. Beichuan Region 1'57
11 XI. It Rains When Heaven Deems Fit 1'10
12 XII. The Boundless Mt Minshan 1'09
13 XIII. Fog in Nanchong 1'15
14 XIV. Salt Well 0'38
15 XV. Gloomy Rain in Wenchuan 1'30
16 XVI. Great Mountains in Sichuan 1'29
17 XVII. Mother Re-marries 1'10
18 XVIII. Qingcheng in the Rain 1'11
19 XIX. Ambition of Sichuan 2'01
20 XX. A Sunny Day in Guangyuan 0'44
21 XXI. The South of Mian River 2'11
22 XXII. A Morning Sun Over Qiang Village 2'31
23 XXIII. Looking Up into Leshan 1'16
24 XXIV. Night Rain in Wenchuan 1'18
25 XXV. The Love of Chuandong 1'13
26 XXVI. The Love of Tianfu 0'45
27 XXVII. Fogs of Suining 2'13
28 XXVIII. Dreaming back to South Sichuan 6'52
29 XXIX. Epilogue. My Sichuan 2'28
 
  Concerto of Life, Op. 23c 15'07
30 I. Life Song 3'41
31 II. Roses in the Shades of Evening 1'27
32 III. Cruel Truth 1'34
33 IV. Never Regret 1'51
34 V. A Dream 1'55
35 VI. Hospital 1'15
36 VII. Live on in Spirit 3'24
 
  Album total 62'30
ComposerYe, Xiaogang
OrchestraRoyal Scottish National Orchestra
ConductorSerebrier, José
XiaoLi, Yue
PipaJiang, Yang
ZhonghuYang, Xue
ErhuYang, Xue
DiziLi, Yue
ShengWang, Lei
PianoOgawa, Noriko

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