CENTRAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
The Central Philharmonic Orchestra in Beijing is one of the most outstanding orchestras in China. Its predecessor was the Central Opera Company Orchestra. In 1996, it was renamed the China National Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra’s function is to introduce orchestral music to the general public, which it does through occasional concerts of lighter music, in addition to more standard repertoire. The present record contains music specially composed for this purpose. Light music, as far as the orchestra is concerned, is not to be identified with dance or pop music. The fourteen pieces recorded here are simple in style of orchestration, with lyrical melodies, often derived from folk music, and of a programmatic character associated with painting or poetry. Most of the melodies used are very well-known in China. The arrangers of this material have handled the orchestra imaginatively, sometimes making use of extra-musical effects and contrasting groups of instruments, and other times preferring a simpler style.