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Erhu Chant / Yu Hong Mei

Yu Hong Mei, Ehru; Wulin, Konghou / Chinese Harp;
Release Date: 01/02/2007 
Label:  Channel Classics   Catalog #: 80206  
Composer:  Zhou WeiLiu Tian Hua
Performer:  Yu Hong MeiChen Zhe
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

ERHU CHANT Yu Hong Mei (erhu) CHANNEL 80206 (Hybrid multichannel SACD 61: 03)

The erhu is a two-stringed Chinese instrument, played with a bow, encompassing a range of three-and-a-half octaves. It is sometimes referred to as a Chinese violin in the West, although it more closely resembles a lute, and it is probably best known these days as a regular ensemble instrument in Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project. Although the works played by Yu Hong Mei are credited with composers ( in the program notes only), this music belongs more to the realm of Read more tradtitional and even folk genres. As such, this material serves as a powerful testament to the universality of native music forms. There is no way of knowing the full extent of the various influences on the creators of these pieces, but this listener, admittedly naive in the culture of Chinese music, could not help but to hear echoes of ethnic music from around the globe in this exhuberant program. A work by the young 46-year-old Zhou Wei, Celebrating the Harvest of Grapes , has a Magyar lilt, recalling Bartók, and Liu Tian Hua’s Birdsong echoing in a quiet valley has a twangy gusto that doesn’t seem so far removed from American country and western guitar plucking. Much of the program centers on the supremely lyrical, even vocal quality of the erhu, which is displayed with dazzling skill and tremendous charm by this master musician.

This is the first release from Channel of China, an off-shoot of the highly regarded Dutch label Channel Classics. All of the hallmarks of excellence that collectors have come to expect from Channel are here; interesting repertoire performed by superb artists who are not exactly household names, excellent production values, and beautiful recorded sound. Channel of China has plans to explore a range of Chinese music, from traditional to modern. This is a bold venture into a relatively obscure world, but the maiden voyage is auspicious indeed.

FANFARE: Peter Burwasser
This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.

1 Idyllic Tune 8:00
2 Weeping River of Sorrow 8:08
3 Celebrating the Harvest of Grapes 5:11
4 Ode to Shanmenxia Gorge 9:16
5 Birdsong Echoing in a Quiet Valley 3:53
6 A Bunch of Flowers 8:59
7 Moon Reflected in the Twin-Spring Lake 7:27
8 Ballad of North Henan Province 10:03
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Works on This Recording

1. Celebrating the Harvest of Grapes by Zhou Wei
Performer:  Yu Hong Mei (Erhu), Chen Zhe (Piano)
2. Birdsong Echoing in a Quiet Valley by Liu Tian Hua
Performer:  Yu Hong Mei (Erhu), Chen Zhe (Piano)
3. Idyllic Tune by Liu Tian Hua
Performer:  Yu Hong Mei (Erhu), Chen Zhe (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928 

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