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CHEN / HE: Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto (The) / SHENG / XU / SHI / CHU / LIU / YIN: Yellow River Piano Concerto (The) (Nishizaki, Yin Chengzong)


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CHEN / HE: Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto (The) / SHENG / XU / SHI / CHU / LIU / YIN: Yellow River Piano Concerto (The) (Nishizaki, Yin Chengzong)



Gang Chen / Zhanhao He: The Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto

Takako Nishizaki, violin
Shanghai Conservatory Symphony Orchestra
Fan Chengwu, conductor


Li Hong Sheng / Fei-sheng Xu / Shucheng Shi / Wanghua Chu / Zhuang Liu / Chengzong Yin: The Yellow River Piano Concerto
Yin Chengzong, piano
Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Adrian Leaper, conductor



Picture format: NTSC 4:3
Sound format: Dolby Digital Stereo 2.0
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Menu languages: English, Chinese
Running time: 51 mins
No. of DVDs: 1

The Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto was was written in 1958 by He Zhanhao and Chen Gang while they were students at the Shanghai Conservatory and was first performed in May the following year. Musically the concerto is a synthesis of Eastern and Western traditions, although the melodies and overall style are adapted from traditional Chinese Opera. The solo violin is sued with a technique that recalls the playing technique of Erhu, the Chinese two-string fiddle. It is a one-movement programmatic concerto, with three sections that corresponds to the three phases of the story – Falling in Love, Refusing to Marry and Metamorphosis.

The Yellow River Concerto, was based on the famous Yellow River Cantata by Xin Singhai, a work dating from the period of the Sino-Japanese War, and devised by the committee of composers then found advisable for such a task, Yin Chengzong, Liu Zhuang, Chu Wanghua, Sheng Lihong, Shi Shucheng and Xu Feisheng.

Chen, Gang; Chu, Wanghua; He, Zhanhao; Liu, Zhuang; Sheng, Li Hong; Shi, Shucheng; Xu, Fei-sheng; Yin, Chengzong

Fan, Cheng-wu; Leaper, Adrian

CSR Symphony Orchestra, Bratislava; Shanghai Conservatory Symphony Orchestra

Nishizaki, Takako; Yin, Chengzong

Label: Marco Polo

Genre: Classical Concert

Period: 20th Century; Contemporary

Catalogue No: 2.220005

Barcode: 747313500567

Boxset: 8.225976; 8.225980

Distribution Note(s):

Available only in mainland China and Hong Kong.

Physical Release: 04/2009

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