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The Butterfly Lovers Works by Kreisler, Wieniawski, Sarasate, Tchaikovsky, Ma Sicong, Chen Gang & Ho Zhanhao / Lu Siqing, violin; Taipei Chinese Orch.

Album Summary

>Kreisler, Fritz : Tambourin Chinois
>Wieniawski, Henryk : Légende, for violin & orchestra (or piano) in G minor, Op. 17
>Sarasate, Pablo de : Ziegeunerweisen
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Souvenir d'un lieu cher, Op. 42
>Traditional, Chinese : Sunshine on Taxkorgan
>Si-cong, Ma : Inner Mongolia Suite
>Hao, He Zhan : Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto
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Notes & Reviews:

The violin is one of the most warmly embraced of Western instruments by non-Western musical cultures. One example of this is The Butterfly Lovers' Violin Concerto, one of the best-loved classical compositions in China, and probably the Chinese work most often performed in Western concert halls. The orchestral part has been arranged for Chinese traditional orchestra, the eminent violinist Lu Siqing performing. The 25-minute concerto forms the grand finale of a program mixing Western and Chinese violin favorites, and the sixth such release in this well-received series.

American Record Guide, March/April 2016
The main work comes at the end of the album. The Butterfly Lovers Concerto (1959) strikes me as pure pentatonic inanity and endless four-quarter meter with mini-cadenzas thrown in. I must add that the solo here is beautifully played, and Chung offers excellent pacing with plenty of expression and contrasts.

Above all, this album is yet further testimony to the superb level of musical training in Taiwan. (See my article on the Taiwan Philharmonic in this issue.) All the works here are arranged or adapted for Chinese orchestra. The engineering is superbly balanced and warm.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Zhongshan Hall, Taipei City, Taiwan (03/2014).



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Works Details

>Kreisler, Fritz : Tambourin Chinois
  • Performer: Siqing Lu (Violin)
  • Conductor: Yiu-Kwong Chung
  • Ensemble: Taipei Chinese Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: circa 1905

>Wieniawski, Henryk : Légende, for violin & orchestra (or piano) in G minor, Op. 17
  • Performer: Siqing Lu (Violin)
  • Conductor: Yiu-Kwong Chung
  • Running Time: 7 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1859

>Sarasate, Pablo de : Ziegeunerweisen
  • Performer: Siqing Lu (Violin)
  • Conductor: Yiu-Kwong Chung
  • Running Time: 8 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1878

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Souvenir d'un lieu cher, Op. 42 :: 3. Mélodie
  • Performer: Siqing Lu (Violin)
  • Conductor: Yiu-Kwong Chung
  • Running Time: 3 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1878

>Traditional, Chinese : Sunshine on Taxkorgan
  • Performer: Siqing Lu (Violin)
  • Conductor: Yiu-Kwong Chung
  • Running Time: 6 min. 48 sec.
  • Form: Concerto

>Si-cong, Ma : Inner Mongolia Suite :: Nostalgia
  • Performer: Siqing Lu (Violin)
  • Conductor: Yiu-Kwong Chung
  • Running Time: 5 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1937

>Hao, He Zhan : Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto
  • Performer: Siqing Lu (Violin)
  • Conductor: Yiu-Kwong Chung
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Chen Gang.
  • Running Time: 11 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1959