Lan Shui

Biography

Born: 1957  
Conductor Shui Lan (the Chinese order of his name; he bills himself as Lan Shui in English-speaking countries) began a quick rise to international attention in the 1990s. He began violin studies at the age of five in his hometown. He started piano a few years later. All these studies were abruptly interrupted when Communist Party Chairman Mao Zedong decreed his disastrous Cultural Revolution, attacking all Western music as decadent and bourgeois Read more and shutting down every university. Shui's piano teacher committed suicide, and Shui set aside his instruments. He was able to resume studies a few years later, while he was still a teenager, when Mao backed up from the ruinous Cultural Revolution. To continue studies, however, he had to travel regularly to Beijing, a 28-hour train ride. After completing his studies he became a member of an opera orchestra in the capital. The conductor recognized in Shui the qualities of his profession, but could not convince the young player to give up the security of an orchestral job for conducting or composing. Then, while playing soccer, Shui injured his left hand to the extent he could not play professionally, and began to compose. Then his former conductor, feigning illness, had Shui called to take over a rehearsal of the orchestra. After Shui realized that he was successfully leading and rehearsing the musicians, the conductor showed up, and finally convinced Shui to pursue conducting studies. After five more years study in Beijing, Shui became the conductor of the Beijing Symphony Orchestra. He found the position frustrating, as the Communist regime insisted on a repertory of only standard Romantic-era works and a few approved works praising Communist Party and Red Army institutions. He was, therefore, happy to accept an offer to become a Masters Candidate in Conducting at Boston University in 1986, from which distance he witnessed the Tiananmen Square Student Uprising on television. He won several important prizes and recognition, including the Besançon International Conductors Competition. American conductor David Zinman says Shui has "the reflexes of a born conductor." Shui has held assistant or associate conducting positions with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. In 1997 he became music director of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, the leading ensemble in Southeast Asia, succeeding its founder, Choo Hoey. With that orchestra, he conducted for Sweden's Bis label the first complete recorded collection of the symphonies of Alexander Tcherepnin, the Russian composer who was brought up in Shanghai. Read less

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Biography

Born: 1957  
Conductor Shui Lan (the Chinese order of his name; he bills himself as Lan Shui in English-speaking countries) began a quick rise to international attention in the 1990s. He began violin studies at the age of five in his hometown. He started piano a few years later. All these studies were abruptly interrupted when Communist Party Chairman Mao Zedong decreed his disastrous Cultural Revolution, attacking all Western music as decadent and bourgeois Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Adagio molto - Allegro con brio
II. Andante cantabile con moto
III. Menuetto - Allegro molto e vivace
IV. Adagio - Allegro molto
I. Adagio molto - Allegro molto
II. Larghetto
III. Scherzo
IV. Allegro molto
I. Allegro con brio
II. Marcia funebre: Adagio assai
III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace
IV. Finale: Allegro molto
I. Adagio - Allegro vivace
II. Adagio
III. Menuetto: Allegro vivace
IV. Allegro ma non troppo
I. Hochzeitsmarsch: Variationen
II. Brautlied: Intermezzo
III. Serenade: Scherzo
IV. Im Garten: Andante
V. Tanz: Finale
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegro quasi presto
IV. Andante assai - Allegro alla breve
I. Allegro
II. Nocturne: Andantino
III. Finale: Allegro
I. Largement -
II. Lent et tres calme -
III. Vivace, gai et leger
I. Mesto - Concitato
II. Grave
III. Giocoso
Incantation
Threne
Danse
I. Allegro sostenuto - Allegretto marziale
II. Allegro assai
III. Adagio
IV. Vivo - Andante
Introduction: Allegro vivace
Variation 1: Precedente
Theme: L'istesso tempo
Variation 2: L'istesso tempo
Variation 3: L'istesso tempo
Variation 4: Piu vivo
Variation 5: Tempo precedente
Variation 6: L'istesso tempo
Variation 7: Meno mosso, a tempo moderato
Variation 8: Tempo I
Variation 9: L'istesso tempo
Variation 10: Poco marcato
Variation 11: Moderato
Variation 12: Tempo di minuetto
Variation 13: Allegro
Variation 14: L'istesso tempo
Variation 15: Piu vivo scherzando
Variation 16. Allegretto
Variation 17: (Allegretto)
Variation 18: Andante cantabile
Variation 19: A tempo vivace
Variation 20: Un poco piu vivo
Variation 21: Un poco piu vivo
Variation 22: Un poco piu vivo (Alla breve)
Variation 23. L'istesso tempo
Variation 24: A tempo un poco meno mosso
I. Lento - Allegro moderato
II. Adagio ma non troppo
III. Allegro
I. Andante ma non troppo
II. Lento e molto espressivo
III. Allegro molto
I. Metal
II. Wood
III. Water
IV. Fire
V. Earth
I. Chi Lin's Dance
II.
I. -
II. -
III. Allegro
I. Jiu huang ye: Con forza
II. Bean nighe: Largo notturno
III. Ellyllon: Vivace
IV. Te Mangoroa: Largo
V. Coyote: Energico
VI. Tengu: Allegro di molto
VII. Wah'Koh-Tah: Sereno, luminoso
I. Amigas de los pajaros (Friends of the Birds): Vivo
II. Anochecer (Sunset): Calmo
III. Mujeres alcanzando la luna (Women Reaching for the Moon): Moderato
IV. Musicas dormidas (Sleeping Musicians): Adagio
V. La gran galaxia (The Great Galaxy): Tranquillo
I. Overture (with Friends): Allegramente
II. Variations: Andante calmato
III. Finale: Allegro energico
I. Allegro con moto
II. Larghetto, poi animato molto
I. Farandoulo di Chatouno
II. Cansoun per ma mio
III. La Boumanio
IV. Dis Alyscamps, l'amo souspire
V. Lou Cabridan
I. Vif
II. Modere
III. Brazileira
I. De l'aube a midi sur la mer
II. Jeux de vagues
III. Dialogue du vent et de la mer
I. Seascape
II. Sea-foam
III. Moonlight
IV. Storm
I. Eastern Chamber Dream (Moderato)
II. Yan Kuei Fei's Love Sacrifice (Sostenuto - Animato)
III. Road to Yunnan (Allegretto)
I. Lion Dance. Energetically
II. YangKo. Elastically
III. Muqam. Fierily
Romance of Hsiao and Ch'in
Dance
I. The Night Deepens
II. Prelude to Water Tune
III. Speedy Wind
I. Spring
II. Summer
III. Autumn
IV. Winter
I. Maestoso
II. Slow
III. Allegro
I. Psalm 130
II. Prologue - Psalm 95 - Psalm 27 - Fugue - Psalm 24 - Psalm 121 - Psalm 24
I. Introduction: Harvest
II. Song: Reminiscences of a song from childhood
III. Lullaby
IV. Dance I: Love Song
V. Interlude: The bells rang out good morning
VI. Dance II
VII. Finale
I. Allegro
II. Lento - Maestoso - Lento
III. Vivace
I. Triomphale
II. Menuet giocoso
III. Ballade et Polonaise (Tema con variazione)
I. eighth note = 116
II. eighth note = 60
III. Scherzando: eighth note = 126
I. Introduction - Cadenza
II. "To walk where the bold man makes a halt"
III. "To row against a rushing stream"
IV. "To believe in an insane dream"
V. "To smile despite unbearable pain"
Introduction
Theme and Variations
I. Slowly and expressively
II. Rather fast
I. Rather fast
II. Ostinato: Fast
III. Quiet
IV. Gay
I. Allegro vivace
II. Lento
III. The Pre-Goodman Rag: Allegro non troppo
I. Chi Lin´s Dance
II.
I. Prelude
II. Fanfare
III. The Stream Flows
IV. Finale. The Three Gorges of the Long River
I. From the Mountains
II. From the River Valley
III. From the Savage Land
IV. Wish You Were Here
I. Dance of the Wind
II. The Rideau Canal 3 a.m.
III. Rain Dance
I. Allegretto
II. Andante tranquillo
III. Grave molto
IV. Moderato rubato
I. Lento - Animato, risoluto - Allegretto
II. Allegro pesante
III. Adagio
IV. Allegro - Maestoso - Allegro risoluto
I. Allegro
II. Andantino
III. Animato
I. Moderato
II. Allegro, tempo di valse
III. Andante con moto
I. Maestoso - Allegro risoluto
II. Vivace
III. Andante
IV. Allegretto con anima - Presto
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andantino
III. Animato, ma poco rubato - Molto animato - Tranquillo - Animato
I. Sostenuto - Allegro
II. Lento
III. Allegro
IV. Poco sostenuto - Allegretto
I. Break, break, break! (Text: Alfred, Lord Tennyson)
II. Lines written while sailing in a boat (Text: William Wordsworth)
III. The Isle (Text: Percy Bysshe Shelley)
IV. Sail on, sail on (Text: Thomas Moore)
I. Introduction
II. Giga fantastica
III. Finale


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