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Xiaogang Ye - Winter

Orchestras / Ensembles
Catalogue numberBIS-2113 CD
Release date2021-07-02
Orig. sample rate192000Hz (tracks 5,6,8), 96000Hz (the rest)
Total time61:30

‘As intriguing as it is beguiling’ was how the ‘east-meets-west soundworld’ of Xiaogang Ye was described in the BBC Music Magazine on the release of a previous disc of his orchestral works in 2016. On that occasion Ye’s music was championed by José Serebrier, who returns here, sharing the task with Gilbert Varga. Between them they conduct the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and four international soloists in five works which highlight the beginning of Ye’s career as well as his more recent works. The Brilliance of Western Liang was written in 1983, during Ye’s time as a student at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, and is named after a fifth-century kingdom in northwest China. Five years later, Ye wrote his Op. 28, Winter for orchestra, shortly after the he had gone to stay in the U.S.A.

A wintry theme returns in December Chrysanthemum (2006), composed in memory of Ye’s daughter Nini, who passed away as an infant. Two years later, Ye was given the prestigious task of writing a work for the opening ceremony of the Beijing Summer Olympics. His Starry Sky for piano, chorus and orchestra, was performed for a worldwide audience with Lang Lang at the piano. The most recent work on the disc is The Song of Sorrow and Gratification (2012), a cycle of four orchestral songs dedicated to the bass-baritone Shenyang who also performs them here. The work sets texts by Li Shutong (1880–1942), assembled from early poems reflecting the resentment, melancholy and helplessness experienced by a young man during a period of turmoil in the history of China.
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$ 14.74
Extra material for download
  The Song of Sorrow and Gratification, Op. 67 (2012) for
bass-baritone and orchestra
01 I. On a Sailing Boat at Dusk 04:28 $ 1.11 USD
02 II. Qingming Festival in Tianjin 04:22 $ 1.07 USD
03 III. Revisiting Xiaolan Pavilion 03:19 $ 0.81 USD
04 IV. Seventh Evening of the Seventh Moon 04:26 $ 1.09 USD
05 December Chrysanthemum, Op. 52b (2006) for flute and
08:21 $ 2.04 USD
06 Winter, Op.28 (1988) for orchestra 11:45 $ 2.84 USD
07 The Brilliance of Western Liang, Op.16 (1983) for violin and
16:03 $ 3.90 USD
08 Starry Sky, Op.56 (2008) for piano, choir and orchestra 07:18 $ 1.88 USD
  Album total 61:30
OrchestraRoyal Scottish National Orchestra
ConductorSerebrier, José
Varga, Gilbert
FluteBezaly, Sharon
ViolinLu, Wei
PianoOgawa, Noriko
ChoirRoyal Scottish National Orchestra Chorus

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