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Brahms: Cello Sonata; Gang: Violin Concerto "Butterfly Lovers" / Yung-chiao Wei, Chao-I Chou

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for Cello and Piano no 1 in E minor, Op. 38
>Hao, He Zhan : Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto
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Notes & Reviews:

Currently a double bass professor at the Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Wei is a recipient of numerous honors and awards. Ms. Wei's recent Carnegie Hall debut garnered tremendous praise from New York Concert Review Inc. Critic Anthony Aibel, who cited "Wei is a phenomenon". Her performance of Schubert's 'Arpeggione Sonata in A minor' elicited another mention of praise; Aible affirmed that "nuance on the double bass is hard to accomplish, but Wei plays with subtlety of dynamics, color and expression one seldom, if ever, hears on the bass".

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
Speaking of personality brings us to the third performance of the Brahms E-minor Sonata. This one is, in a sense, the most original - a transcription for double bass and piano by the performer. She has done a quite remarkable job on it, playing a surprising amount of it in the cello register and pointing out just how low in register much of it is. The arrangement is worth hearing. The Butterfly Lovers Concerto seems a bit clearer. This is a recording I am glad to have heard.

The Butterfly Lovers Concerto hs become a modern favorite. This is a wonderful transcription for double bass and piano. Also featured is the Brahms Sonata in e minor for Cello and Piano, transcribed for double bass and piano.



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>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for Cello and Piano no 1 in E minor, Op. 38
  • Performers: Chao-I Chou (Piano); Yung-Chiao Wei (Double Bass)
  • Notes: Recital Hall, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA (09/14/2005/09/16/2005)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1862-1865

>Hao, He Zhan : Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto
  • Performers: Chao-I Chou (Piano); Yung-Chiao Wei (Double Bass)
  • Notes: Recital Hall, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA (09/14/2005/09/16/2005)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1959