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82081 - XIAN: Ode to the Yellow River
Xian Xinghai (1909-1945) is a figure of great importance in the
history of the development of music in
Xian Xinghai left an enduring legacy of songs that reflect the spirit of the time in which he lived. At the same time he continued to write music for more formal use. Nevertheless it is by compositions like the Yellow River Cantata and his songs that he is most widely remembered. The seven orchestral pieces included in the present recording are instrumental arrangements of some of these songs, providing a further insight into the work of the composer.
Ode to the
1939, Ode to the Yellow River was
originally a movement for baritone solo from the Yellow River Cantata. The river itself is considered the cradle of
the Chinese nation and the source of the five-thousand-year-old civilisation of
Go To The Rear Area of The Enemy
a choral song, Go To
The Rear Area of The Enemy depicts the brave guerrilla troops operating
behind enemy lines. It reflects the determination of the people to defeat all
aggressors. Written in
Song at Midnight
In 1936 Xian Xinghai was working for the New China Film Company and provided the music for the film Song at Midnight. The theme song of the same title was sung in the stillness of the middle of the night by the hero, a talented young actor, Song Danping, disfigured with nitric acid by his sinister enemies. In the song he expresses his sense of solitude, his longing for his beloved Li Xiaoxia and his hatred for the forces of oppression.
It was in Yan’an in 1939 that Xian Xinghai wrote his Production Cantata, from which February is taken. The movement shows people ploughing the spring fields and sowing in the base area of the forces ranged against the Japanese invaders. They are determined to grow more grain in support of the national effort. The song has enjoyed wide popularity.
Lamentation to the
Lamentation to the Yellow River is a movement for soprano solo taken from the Yellow River Cantata. It brings the lament of a woman who has suffered at the hands of the aggressor in the occupied area of the country.
Song of Working Women’s Day
1938, Song of Working Women’s Day
expresses something of the demand for freedom marked by International Working
Women’s Day on 8th March. The women of the new
Thorns of the Wild Jujube Tree
A choral movement from the Production Cantata, Thorns of the Wild Jujube Tree reflects the innocent artlessness of children, who also joined in the struggle against Japanese aggression. Carrying swords and spears, they helped to guard and defend the base areas of the forces mobilised against the Japanese invaders.
Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra
Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra is among the most distinguished ensembles of
its kind in
One of the
most distinguished conductors in
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