Erhu Chant (2006)

Liu Tian Hua, Traditional, Zhou Wei, Liu Jin Wen, Reng Tong Xiang, Hua Yan Jun, Kiu Wen jin

Yu Hong Mei

Introduction to Music Recorded Idyllic Tune Idyllic Tune was composed in 1928 by Liu Tian Hua and the music was intended to portray a vivid picture of leisurely life. For the first time, the composer, who was familiar with idiomatic violin technique, made use of both unusual harmonies and numerous violinistic techniques. The music begins with an adagio melody, succeeded by a series of variations; the second section returns to an adagio gently tinged by sadness. Born in Jiang Ying of the Jiang Su province of China, Liu Tianhua (b 1895-d 1932) was one of the few pioneers of contemporary Chinese composers as well as one of the founders of Chinese instrumental music notation. He was also an Erhu performing artist and music teacher. After learning to play the violin and becoming acquainted with western musical theory, Liu Tian Hua employed his knowledge of western music for the continued evolution of traditional Chinese instrumental music. Weeping River of Sorrow Weeping River of Sorrow was written for the Guanzi, a type of woodwind instrument similar to the western recorder and oboe. The melancholy sound of the Guanzi is similar to that of the human voice. This composition was later arranged as a very popular Erhu solo piece. The music begins in the Erhu's low register, and then moves through a series of fourths, introducing a mournful theme suggestive of weeping and ultimately leading to an explosion of grief. The last section of the piece is extremely emotional.

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Yu Hong Mei

Yu Hong Mei has won many awards during her brilliant career. Most recently, she won the China Golden Record Award for Best Solo Recording. She is the recipient of the Pro Musicis International Award in New York City (2001). She is the first Chinese musician to win the coveted Indie Award (1999) in the category of Best Traditional World Music for the CD  String Glamour. Another solo CD, Red Plum Blossom Capriccio, won the Best Chinese Musical Art Production in 1998. Her other awards include the 1989 Chinese Traditional Music Competition for Erhu and the 1997 Taipei Concerto Competition

Yu Hong Mei was a soloist with the Chinese National Traditional Orchestra on their 2000 American Tour. Later that year, the same orchestra went to Paris for the China Cultural Arts Concert. She has given several solo and concerto concerts with other prestigious groups such as the China Philharmonic Orchestra, the China National Symphony Orchestra and the Chinese Traditional Orchestra of Hong Kong. She has participated in numerous national and international festivals, such as the International Computer Music Conference in Hong Kong (1996) and in Beijing (1999), the Art Festival of Macao, the Kurashiki International Music Festival in Japan, Beijing Modern Music Week, and many more.

She has introduced Chinese music to audiences in such prestigious concert halls as Avery Fisher Hall and Carnegie Hall in New York, the Eisenhower Theatre at the Kennedy Arts Centre in Washington DC, Chicago Symphony Orchestra Centre, Davis Symphony Hall in San Francisco, Symphony Hall, Boston, and the Theatre des Champs-Elysees in Paris She has always been highly praised for her wonderful performances.

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Erhu Chant (2006)

Liu Tian Hua, Traditional, Zhou Wei, Liu Jin Wen, Reng Tong Xiang, Hua Yan Jun, Kiu Wen jin

Yu Hong Mei

    Stereophile

Out of my depth here, I can't offer much insight into this music, other than to tell you that it's delightful. The moods range from the exuberant to the sad, but all are appealing. The pieces, composed in the first three-fourths of the last century, probably bear little Western influence, yet fall comfortably on my Western ears. The composition of the ensemble varies from piece to piece, though Yu Hong Mei's erhu, or Chinese violin, is the constant solo voice. The sound quality is up to Channel Classics standards and thus lets us clearly hear the distinctive instrumental voices. I particularly liked the interaction between the erhu and the yang qin (described as a "cembalo") on A Bunch of Flowers. But for the not-quite-Western tonality, it reminded me of a Hungarian cimbalom-violin duo. Lovely stuff. "...delightful. The moods range from the exuberant to the sad, but all are appealing...Lovely stuff."

    Pianowereld

deze bijzonder decoratieve en onderhoudende muziek verdient gehoord t worden ongestoord door wezensvreemde elementen. Zeker in de voortreffelijke meerkanaalsopname van Jared Sacks.

    Luister

De erhu speelster Yu Hong Mei, die als een breekbare porseleinen schoonheid op de cover staat, is de virtuoos van dienst

    HVT

Niet bang zijn, je eet al jaren Chinees, dan mag deze muziek ook niet ontbreken.

Erhu Chant (2006)

Liu Tian Hua, Traditional, Zhou Wei, Liu Jin Wen, Reng Tong Xiang, Hua Yan Jun, Kiu Wen jin

Yu Hong Mei

Cables:Van den Hul
Digital Converters:Meitner DSD AD?DA
Mastering Engineer:Jared Sacks
Mastering Equipment:B&W 803 diamond series
Microphones:Bruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Mixing Board:Rens Heijnis custom made
Producer:Jared Sacks
Recording Engineer:Jared Sacks
Recording location:Beijing China
Recording Software:Pyramix
Recording Type & Bit Rate:DSD64
Speakers:B+W 805 series

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80206: Erhu Chant
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Idyllic Tune
Liu Tian Hua
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Weeping River Of Sorrow a
Traditional
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3.
Celebrating The harvest Of Grapes
Zhou Wei
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Ode To Shanmenxia Gorge
Liu Jin Wen
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Birdsong Echoing In A Quiet Valley
Liu Tian Hua
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A Bunch Of Flowers
Reng Tong Xiang
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Moon Reflected In The Twin-Spring Lake
Hua Yan Jun
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Ballad Of North Henan Province
Kiu Wen jin
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