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Chamber Music for Xiao and Guitar (Spirits: East Meets West) (Chen Yue, Lars Hannibal)

Chamber Music for Xiao and Guitar (Spirits: East Meets West) (Chen Yue, Lars Hannibal)

The Classical Shop
release date: February 2013

Originally recorded in 2007

Artists:

Lars Hannibal

Soloist

Yue Chen

Soloist

Venue:

Perfect Beijing Studio, Beijing, China



Record Label
Our Recordings

Genre:

Orchestral & Concertos


Light Music

Total Time - 53:36
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Chamber Music for Xiao and Guitar (Spirits: East Meets West) (Chen Yue, Lars Hannibal)

     
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TRADITIONAL

1 

Jasmine

2:06
 Lars Hannibal Soloist
     
2 

The Last Rose of Summer

2:42
 Lars Hannibal Soloist
     
3 

3 Variations on Plum Blossom

4:02
 Yue Chen Soloist
     
 

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH

4 

Overture (Suite) No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068 (arr. for xiao and guitar)

4:28
 Yue Chen Soloist
     
 

WEI-LIANG ZHANG

5 

Wonderful Night

2:50
 Lars Hannibal Soloist
     
 

TRADITIONAL

6 

El Noi de la Mare

2:00
 Lars Hannibal Soloist
     
7 

Autumn Piece

2:23
 Lars Hannibal Soloist
     
8 

In the Calm Deep Forest

2:06
 Lars Hannibal Soloist
     
9 

La Filadora

1:24
 Lars Hannibal Soloist
     
10 

Gypsy Air

1:50
 Yue Chen Soloist
     
11 

Su Wu tending Sheep

3:29
 Yue Chen Soloist
     
12 

Down by the Sally Gardens

2:35
 Lars Hannibal Soloist
     
 

ULRIK NEUMANN

13 

Love Waltz

3:16
 Lars Hannibal Soloist
     
 

TRADITIONAL

14 

Ge Xi Mei Ling

4:51
 Lars Hannibal Soloist
     
15 

Believe Me

2:43
 Lars Hannibal Soloist
     
16 

Oyoodai

2:22
 Yue Chen Soloist
     
 

ANTONIO VIVALDI

17 

The 4 Seasons: Violin Concerto in F minor, Op. 8, No. 4, RV 297, "L'inverno" (Winter): II. Largo (arr. for xiao and guitar)

2:49
 Lars Hannibal Soloist
     
 

TRADITIONAL

18 

Moonlight Over the Spring River

5:40
 Yue Chen Soloist


Spirits - East meets West features the Chinese Xiao-player Chen Yue and Lars Hannibal.
 
Coming from two different traditions the two artists decided to see what happens when music from both traditions are combined. 
 
The selection includes works from ancient China and European baroque music, as well as popular and folk tunes from Asia and Europe. All pieces suit the mellow sound of the two 
folk instruments, and though there are many differences in the music, there is a lot of similarity in the atmosphere. 

“Spirits” pairs Hannibal with Chen Yue, a Chinese bamboo flutist, in a mellow recital combining traditional English, Chinese, Japanese, Hungarian, and Catalan music with one piece each by Bach (the ever-popular Air on the G String), Vivaldi (the Largo from The Four Season’s Winter, played in a faster-than-usual tempo), and Ulrik Neumann (a nostalgic Love Waltz with a Russian soul). Chen is a sensitive and expressive musician. Her lovely tone, tasteful slides, and exquisite timing beautify everything she plays; her performances of Chinese music are especially memorable. Lars Hannibal is an attentive accompanist and a virtuoso in his own right. His sophisticated arrangements—in the Chinese pieces he convincingly imitates traditional ch’in and pipa technique—treat both instruments as true partners. The two also perform as soloists—three tracks each—and Chen overdubs two flutes in Autumn Piece."

Fanfare magazine - 16 October 2008


"Seemingly in tandem with China’s growth as an economic player, a steady stream of releases of Chinese music, often displaying some kind of interaction with the West, has been appearing on the market. The Western influence, of course, is not new. Anyone who remembers the Chinese folk music beloved by the Maoists cannot fail to have been struck by the degree of Western harmony present in many of the arrangements. (Of course, that shouldn’t have been a surprise, either, given the origins of Communism itself.) This release from Denmark’s OUR label is both highly listenable and fascinating in terms of the cultural meeting points it represents. Chinese bamboo flutist Chen Yue and Danish guitarist Lars Hannibal take as a point of departure the fact that, however inscrutable they may appear to each other, Chinese traditional music and European concert music meet in the emphasis each places on melody, greater than in most of the world’s other musical traditions. The mixture of Chinese and European on this album, which seems simple at first, turns out to be quite subtle. The program is a mixture of Chinese and Western tunes. Some of the Western ones, drawn from both classical and traditional repertories, are familiar (The Last Rose of Summer); some much less so. The pentatonic scales of the Chinese pieces are reduced to Western scale degrees, while the Western melodies seem to have been chosen for intervallic content and melody shapes that are intelligible in Chinese terms. The paradoxical result is that the Western tunes, if you sit and listen to this album for a while, start to sound Chinese, and the Chinese ones start to sound Western. The booklet is a minor masterpiece in itself (When mystic plain Oriental music is mixed with a romantic Western classical style, what do you feel? This is our sincere love for beautiful music!). Highly recommended, whether you are interested in musical mixtures or just like the sound of the bamboo flute, beautifully played."
 
James Manheim - All Music Review - 14 May 2008



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