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Dragon Songs [K2 HD Mastering]

Audio Samples

>C, Yellow River Composers' : Yellow River Piano Concerto
>Lu, Wencheng : Autumn Moon on a Calm Lake, for piano
>Luting, He : The Cowherd's Flute
>Traditional, Chinese : Dialogue in Song, for piano
>Sun, Yiqiang : Dance of Spring, for piano
>Mingxin, Du : The Mermaid Suite
>     Straw Hat Dance
>Deng, Yuxian : Spring Wind, song
>Zhu, Jianer : Happy Times, for piano
>Traditional, Chinese : Moonlit Night at the Flowery River in Spring, for pipa
>Jiping, Zhao : Silk Road Suite
>     Dance from Quici
>Wang, Jianmin : At Night on the Lake Beneath the Maple Bridge, for piano

Album Summary

>C, Yellow River Composers' : Yellow River Piano Concerto
>Lu, Wencheng : Autumn Moon on a Calm Lake, for piano
>Luting, He : The Cowherd's Flute
>Traditional, Chinese : Dialogue in Song, for piano
>Sun, Yiqiang : Dance of Spring, for piano
>Mingxin, Du : The Mermaid Suite
>Deng, Yuxian : Spring Wind, song
>Zhu, Jianer : Happy Times, for piano
>Traditional, Chinese : Moonlit Night at the Flowery River in Spring, for pipa
>Jiping, Zhao : Silk Road Suite
>Wang, Jianmin : At Night on the Lake Beneath the Maple Bridge, for piano
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Notes & Reviews:

After several albums of Western classical music, Chinese pianist Lang Lang returns to the music of his native country on Dragon Songs. The main piece is "Yellow River Piano Concerto," a four-part work running nearly 21 minutes on which he is accompanied by the China Philharmonic Orchestra. It is based on "Great Song of the Yellow River," a choral cantata composed by Xian Xinghai during the Japanese occupation of China in 1939, and is a stirring, patriotic piece. The rest of the music is more sedate, with Lang adapting various folk tunes and short pieces written for Chinese instruments to the piano. He also introduces some Chinese instruments into the pieces, duetting with Fan Wei on pipa (a guitar- or lute-like instrument) on "Spring Flowers in the Moonlit Night on the River," Zang Jiali on the guanzi (a sort of Chinese piccolo) on "Dance from Quici," and Ji Wei on guzheng (reminiscent of a string dulcimer) on "At Night on the Lake Beneath the Maple Bridge." The 63-minute CD is accompanied by a lengthy DVD that includes a 45-minute documentary of Lang's return visit to China for master classes, concerts, and even a little time with his family at "home" (an apartment he says he has slept in twice). There are also video performances of the all of the album's tracks, each one prefaced by introductory remarks by the pianist. Just as "Yellow River Piano Concerto" began the CD, it ends the DVD in a mammoth performance in Guangzhou with four orchestras combined and 100 female piano players, all spread out in a space that looks larger than a football field. ~ William Ruhlmann



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Works Details

>C, Yellow River Composers' : Yellow River Piano Concerto
  • Performers: Lang Lang (Piano); Wu Yuxia (Pipa)
  • Conductor: Yu Long
  • Running Time: 20 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto

>Wencheng Lü (1898 - 1981) : Autumn Moon on a Calm Lake, for piano
  • Performer: Lang Lang (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Luting, He : The Cowherd's Flute
  • Performer: Lang Lang (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Traditional, Chinese : Dialogue in Song, for piano
  • Performer: Lang Lang (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.

>Sun, Yiqiang : Dance of Spring, for piano
  • Performer: Lang Lang (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Mingxin, Du : The Mermaid Suite :: Straw Hat Dance
  • Performer: Lang Lang (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 7 sec.

>Deng, Yuxian : Spring Wind, song
  • Performer: Lang Lang (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1930s

>Zhu, Jianer : Happy Times, for piano
  • Performer: Lang Lang (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Traditional, Chinese : Moonlit Night at the Flowery River in Spring, for pipa
  • Performers: Wei Fan (Pipa); Lang Lang (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 28 sec.

>Jiping, Zhao : Silk Road Suite :: Dance from Quici
  • Performers: Jiali Zhang; Lang Lang (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Wang, Jianmin : At Night on the Lake Beneath the Maple Bridge, for piano
  • Performer: Lang Lang (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary