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Alexander Bryce
Scotland on Sunday, May 2014

immediately attractive, highly tuneful © 2014 Scotland on Sunday

David Denton
David's Review Corner, April 2014

Xiaogang Ye set a new world record for a classical music audience when 3 billion people heard his piano concerto at the opening of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Like most of his compatriots, he works in the world of tonality, his ballet, The Macau Bride, showing influences as diverse as Hollywood and Prokofiev. Lasting for almost forty minutes, the orchestral suite is in ten sections, and calls for a large orchestra, mezzo-soprano and a choir. Colourful and highly engaging, it shows the composer’s mastery of orchestration…the Four Poems of Lingnan pictures the region in southern China and draws on ancient Chinese poems. Here Xiaogang Ye is purely inspired by European music, with just the occasional hint of a Chinese culture, the work scored for tenor and large orchestra. Stylistically it will readily relate to audiences around the world, and is here excellently sung by Shi Yijie…It is a very beautiful voice, and throughout the disc the Macau Orchestra is a fine ensemble under the direction of Lu Jia. The sound is punchy, transparent… © 2014 David’s Review Center

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