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Naxos Artist Takako Nishizaki Performs at Great Hall of the People in Beijing

June 1, 2009

On May 26, Takako Nishizaki performed the famous Butterfly Lovers violin concerto at the official 50th anniversary concert of the first performance of the Concerto in 1959, held at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People. She was accompanied by the China Philharmonic, China’s top orchestra, and conducted by Assistant Artistic Director Yang Yang.

The concert, in front of an enthusiastic audience of more than 5000 music lovers, was televised live nationwide by China Central Television and by Shanghai Television. Takako Nishizaki was the only non-Chinese artist invited for this important event. The remaining performers included Yu Lina who had given the first performance of the work in 1959; veteran violinist Sheng Zhongguo; and three violinists of the younger generation, including Tchaikovsky prize winner Chen Xi.

 

CHEN / HE: The Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto
Takako Nishizaki, violin
Shanghai Conservatory Symphony Orchestra
Fan Cheng-wu, conductor

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“[Nishizaki] a violinist with gratifying tone and impressive agility…the beautiful sound is assisted by Naxos’s clear engineering” - Fanfare

 

'Butterfly Lovers' Music and Dance Film (NTSC)
Takako Nishizaki, violin
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
James Judd, conductor

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Butterfly Lovers is a music and dance film by director Marikki Hakola. A synthesis of the ever-popular Chinese violin concerto "Butterfly Lovers" and choreography inspired by Chinese martial arts and modern dance, the film is an imaginative interpretation of the ancient Chinese fairy tale—"A Love Story of Liang Shan Bo and Zhu Ying Tai".

 

CHEN / HE: The Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto
SHENG / XU / SHI / CHU / LIU / YIN:
The Yellow River Piano Concerto

Takako Nishizaki, violin
Shanghai Conservatory Symphony Orchestra
Fan Cheng-wu, conductor

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The Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto 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 used 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 correspond to the three phases of the story—Falling in Love, Refusing to Marry and Metamorphosis.

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