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Spirits - East Meets West

Spirits: East Meets West / Various
Release Date: 04/24/2007 
Label:  Our Recordings   Catalog #: 8226901  
Composer:  TraditionalAntonio VivaldiJohann Sebastian BachUlrik Neumann
Performer:  Lars HannibalChen Yue
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

BACH Air on the G String.1,2 ZHANG WEILIANG Wonderful Night.1,2 NEUMANN Love Waltz.2 VIVALDI The Four Seasons: Winter: Largo.1,2 TRAD Jasmin.1,2 3 Variatons on Plum Blossom.1 Autumn Piece.1,2 Suwu Tending Sheep.1 Ge Xi Mei Ling.1,2 Moonlight over the Spring River.1 The Last Rose of Summer.1,2 Down by the Sally Gardens.1,2 Believe Me.1,2 El noi de la mare.2 La filadora.2 In the Deep Calm Forest.1,2 Gypsy Air1,2 Oyoodai1,2

“Spirits” pairs Hannibal with Chen Yue, a Chinese bamboo flutist, in a mellow recital combining traditional English, Chinese, Japanese, Hungarian, and Catalan music with one piece each by Bach (the ever-popular Air on the G String), Vivaldi (the Largo from The Four Season’s Winter, played in a
Read more faster-than-usual tempo), and Ulrik Neumann (a nostalgic Love Waltz with a Russian soul). Chen is a sensitive and expressive musician. Her lovely tone, tasteful slides, and exquisite timing beautify everything she plays; her performances of Chinese music are especially memorable. Lars Hannibal is an attentive accompanist and a virtuoso in his own right. His sophisticated arrangements—in the Chinese pieces he convincingly imitates traditional ch’in and pipa technique—treat both instruments as true partners. The two also perform as soloists—three tracks each—and Chen overdubs two flutes in Autumn Piece.

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Works on This Recording

1. Jasmin by Traditional
Performer:  Lars Hannibal (Guitar), Chen Yue (Flute)
2. Down by the Salley Gardens by Traditional
Performer:  Lars Hannibal (Guitar), Chen Yue (Flute)
Written: Ireland 
3. El noi de la mare by Traditional
Performer:  Lars Hannibal (Guitar), Chen Yue (Flute)
Written: Catalonia, Spain 
4. Oyoodai by Traditional
Performer:  Lars Hannibal (Guitar), Chen Yue (Flute)
5. Concerto for Violin in F minor, Op. 8 no 4/RV 297 "L'inverno": 2nd movement, Largo by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Lars Hannibal (Guitar), Chen Yue (Flute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
6. Suite for Orchestra no 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Lars Hannibal (Guitar), Chen Yue (Flute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1729-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
7. Kärleksvals by Ulrik Neumann
Performer:  Lars Hannibal (Guitar), Chen Yue (Flute)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Sweden 
8. La filadora by Traditional
Performer:  Lars Hannibal (Guitar), Chen Yue (Flute)
Written: Spain 

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