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audiotechnique, November 2016

The Central Philharmonic Orchestra Plays Popular Chinese Melodies—perfect recording and production with 14 selections of popular traditional Chinese music, full of surprise and wondrous moments. © 2016 audiotechnique



David Denton
David's Review Corner, June 2016

A stranger has arrived in the Marco Polo camp, the bastion for many decades of premiere recordings of long forgotten works by famous European composers. Now it has seen the arrival of popular Chinese music with a disc that would be equally popular in Hollywood, the mix of pleasing and sentimental melodies of the kind you have heard countless times as the background of romantic films. The sleeve does not give the name of the composers, and maybe that was not permissible in China back in the 1980’s when the disc was made. Certainly the arrangements could have come from the United States, and uses the instrumentation of Western orchestras. I really did not think I was about to gain much pleasure from a disc that is way outside my musical world, yet with the delightful opening of Rise of the Crescent Moon, I sat back and let the music provide that relaxing hour I needed. To Chinese I suppose this is all very well known, but, apart from Butterfly Lovers, they were all very new to me, and I found the content and the tracks title to be complete strangers. In this field of music the orchestral playing is very good, and the original 1984 recording, with a German sound team, is first class. © 2016 David’s Review Corner





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