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‘Oriental Wash Painting is a suite of four concertos for traditional Chinese instruments that took me 10 years to complete, from 2005 to 2015. Wash painting is a very important element of oriental culture; this suite expresses its core concept from the perspectives of poetry, painting and calligraphy.’

Chang Ping

CHANG Ping (b. 1972)
Oriental Wash Painting
Orchestral Suite of Four Concertos

Ji Wei, Guzheng • Yu Hongmei, Erhu • Zhang Qiang, Pipa
Yuan Feifan, Zhudi • China National Symphony Orchestra • Lin Tao

Award-winning composer Chang Ping’s Oriental Wash Painting is a set of four concertos that showcases traditional and ancient Chinese instruments, each performed by renowned and influential soloists.
The ‘wash painting’ of the title implies a relationship between music and Chinese ink paintings – masterpieces which are magnificent and unconstrained, revealing a noble personality and character. This recording captures the world premiere concert of these remarkable works at the China National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing.

Listen to an extract from
The Wind Washed Clouds – Concerto for Guzheng and Orchestra
About the Artists
Composer Chang Ping’s works are cast in a variety of forms, including opera, symphony, concerto, ballet, chamber music and solo works; they are performed frequently both internationally and domestically, winning numerous prizes as well as garnering worldwide critical acclaim. In 2015, the China National Symphony Orchestra hosted and performed a concert featuring Chang Ping’s symphonic works at China's National Centre for the Performing Arts.
Conductor Lin Tao was named by Yuri Temirkanov as ‘one of the most talented conductors of the younger generation’, and he is now the youngest artistic director and principal conductor in Russia, leading the Kuzbass Symphony Orchestra in Kemerovo. He gave the premiere of a work by Rodion Shchedrin at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing which was praised by the composer.
Yu Hongmei is China’s leading erhu virtuoso. Her award-winning albums include Yu Hongmei Erhu Concerto (4th China Golden Record Prize), String Glamour (Best World Music Prize, Indie Awards) and Hongmei Caprice (First Prize, 1st National Excellent Audio and Video Products Prize). In 2002, she performed a solo recital at Carnegie Hall in New York, making her the first performer on a Chinese musical instrument to host a solo concert at that venue.
Zhang Qiang is a contemporary Chinese lutist and a professor at China's Central Conservatory of Music. He performs regularly as a soloist, as well as with orchestras, traditional string ensembles and chamber ensembles in venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Berliner Philharmonie, the Wiener Musikverein, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York, the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and the Taipei National Music Hall.
Chinese Zither player Ji Wei has performed over 100 recitals at home and abroad in concert halls such as The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Zurich Opera House, the Royal Albert Hall, London and Suntory Hall, Tokyo. She has presented many works that combine the Chinese zither with other Western instruments, and was named one of the Ten Most Successful Women of 2010 in Jessica magazine.
Yuan Feifan has appeared as a bamboo flute soloist with ensembles and orchestras around the world, and has been invited to record for film and TV as well as educational resources. His original compositions include Exquisite, Childhood Sweetheart, Rhyme, Water & Flower, Colour and The Beauty of the Moon. He has also adapted works by Liu Wenjin and Joe Hisaishi.
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