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The Butterfly Lovers

Orchestras / Ensembles
Catalogue numberBIS-2104 SACD
Release date2015-05-10
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time63:13

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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Extra material for download
  Composer: Kreisler, Fritz
01 Tambourin Chinois, Op.3 03:37 $ 0.87 USD
  Composer: Wieniawski, Henryk
02 Légende, Op.17 07:03 $ 1.69 USD
  Composer: Sarasate, Pablo de
03 Zigeunerweisen, Op.20 08:35 $ 2.06 USD
  Composer: Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Il'yich
04 Mélodie from Souvenir d’un lieu cher, Op.42 No.3 03:40 $ 0.88 USD
  Composer: Traditional
05 Sunshine on Taxkorgan arr. Chen Gang & orch. Chung Yiu-Kwong 06:42 $ 1.61 USD
  Composer: Ma, Sicong
06 Nostalgia from Inner Mongolia Suite, arr. Wu Ruey-Chen 05:39 $ 1.36 USD
  Composer: Chen, Gang, Ho, Zhanhao
  The Butterfly Lovers’ Violin Concerto 26:45
07 Part I: ‘Falling in Love’. Adagio cantabile – Allegro
– Adagio assai doloroso
10:58 $ 2.63 USD
08 Part II: ‘Defiance’. Più mosso – Lagrimoso – Presto
resoluto – Tranquillo
11:05 $ 2.66 USD
09 Part III: ‘Transformation’. Andante cantabile – Più
mosso – Lento
04:42 $ 1.13 USD
  Album total 63:13
ComposerChen, Gang
Ho, Zhanhao
Kreisler, Fritz
Ma, Sicong
Sarasate, Pablo de
Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Il'yich
Wieniawski, Henryk
ConductorChung, Yiu-Kwong
OrchestraTaipei Chinese Orchestra
ViolinLu Siqing

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