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The Butterfly Lovers & The Yellow River Piano Concertos / Chen Jie, piano

> The Yellow River Piano Concerto - I. Prelude: The Song of the Yellow River Boatmen
> The Yellow River Piano Concerto - II. Ode to the Yellow River
> The Yellow River Piano Concerto - III. The Yellow River in Wrath
> The Yellow River Piano Concerto - IV. Defend the Yellow River
> The Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto (arr. Gang Chen for piano and orchestra, edited by Jie Chen) - The Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto (arr. Gang Chen for piano and orchestra, edited by Jie Chen)

Album Summary

>C, Yellow River Composers' : Yellow River Piano Concerto
>Hao, He Zhan : Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The Yellow River Concerto is one of the most popular of all Chinese works, a richly melodic exploration of scenic variety, and a forceful expression of patriotic pride. Written in 1958 by Chen Gang and He Zhanhao, the Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto has achieved world renown for its moving and beautiful synthesis of Western and Eastern traditions. In 1985 Chen Gang made an arrangement for piano and orchestra, played on this recording in the edition by the brilliant international soloist Chen Jie. Since her debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Wolfgang Sawallisch, at the age of sixteen, Chen Jie has performed in many leading concert venues around the worl. She has won pries at many international competitions including the Arthur Rubinstein Piano Master Competition and the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition (USA). Carolyn Kuan is recognized as one of the most exciting, innovative and outstanding conductors of her generation. Her North American engagements include the Baltimore, San Francisco, Detroit and Seattle symphonies. She holds the distinction of being the first female to be awarded the Herbert von Karajan Conducting Fellowship.

ClassicsToday.com
Chen plays both works quite well, especially The Butterfly Lovers, which she presumably tailored to her particular ability to project lyrical melodies decorated by sparkling passagework. The New Zealand Symphony under Carolyn Kuan accompanies with thorough professionalism, and the participants are well recorded. I suspect that this release was aimed primarily at the Asian market, but there's no reason that anyone who likes pretty tunes attractively arranged won't enjoy it equally well.

American Record Guide, March / April 2013
The musicians are terrific, though - Chen Jie keeps her playing emotionally balanced, and the orchestra is enlivened and even perky. If you want fresh-sounding performances of the concertos, this is the one to have. The sound is full and spacious, too. Contrary to the track listing, Butterfly Lovers is first. Notes in English.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington, New Zealand (09/14/2011-09/16/2011).



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Works Details

>C, Yellow River Composers' : Yellow River Piano Concerto
  • Performer: Chen Jie (Piano)
  • Conductor: Carolyn Kuan
  • Ensemble: New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington, New Zealand (09/14/2011-09/16/2011)
  • Running Time: 42 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto

>Hao, He Zhan : Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto
  • Performer: Chen Jie (Piano)
  • Conductor: Carolyn Kuan
  • Notes: Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington, New Zealand (09/14/2011-09/16/2011)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1959