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Romance De Amor - Albéniz, Mangoré, Etc / Xue Fei Yang

Release Date: 02/06/2007 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 70714   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Isaac AlbenizTraditionalFrancisco TarregaJoaquin Rodrigo,   ... 
Performer:  Xuefei Yang
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

ROMANCE DE AMOR Xue Fei Yang (gtr) EMI 70714 (76:34)

ALBÉNIZ Asturias. TRAD Romance de amor. Sakura (arr. Yocoh). TARREGA Recuerdos de la Alhambra. RODRIGO Zapateado. LENNON/MCCARTNEY (arr. Takemitsu) Read more Michelle. MYERS (arr. Williams) The Deer Hunter: Cavatina. SAGRERAS El colibri. ILCHBERG/ROBLES/SIMON (arr. Morel) El condor pasa. LAURO Seis por derecho. MANGORÉ Un sueño en la floresta. VILLA-LOBOS Étude No.7. RODRIGUEZ (arr. Xue) La cumparsita. KIM/J.S.YANG (arr. Wong) I Believe. DENG/LI (arr. Garcia) Spring Breeze. AGUILAR (arr. Kwan/Xue) Anak

Xue was the first guitar major to enter the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, and the first guitarist as well as the first Chinese student to receive a scholarship from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. According to EMI’s press release, she’s performed in “a vast array of international musical events” and has become the first Chinese classical guitarist signed to an international concert management agency (Askonas Holt). She’s an excellent guitarist with a refreshing, individual sound. The many nuances in her performance evolve naturally, without any sense of calculation or excess. Xue’s playing is characterized by a clear, light touch and delicate tonal sensitivity. She can play with speed and precision—listen to Villa-Lobos’s Étude No. 7; or Sagreras’s El colibri , a vivid portrait of a rapidly hovering hummingbird. Or she can exhibit flowing, romantic expressivity—try Mangoré’s Un sueño en la floresta , in which the tremolo suggests sentimental Italian mandolins. The program alternates between bold, virtuosic flights and soulful meditations, all delightfully sculpted by an intrinsic musicality. In Asturias , her crisp, rhythmic attack and tempestuous flamenco attitude bring Albeniz’s Spanish fantasy to life, while the plaintive lyricism of the middle section seduces with deep feeling. Romance de amor breathes an air of tender melancholy, while Sakura ’s plaintive melody evokes the evanescent cherry blossoms that inspired the tune: the composer’s skillful imitation of the koto heightens the Japanese atmosphere.

Some unfamiliar pieces (at least to me) share the CD with perennial favorites: I’d never heard Takemitsu’s arrangement of Lennon/McCartney’s Michelle —it’s a sincere tribute to a lovely melody. Spring Breezes surrounds a pretty Chinese song with harmonics and a delicate “rain drop” pattern—the peaceful atmosphere is ruffled slightly towards the end by Spanish flourishes that quickly subside. The ring of the resonant bass notes scattered throughout the piece recalled the chyn, the ancient Chinese instrument favored by philosophers and poets. Aguilar’s Anak juxtaposes a syncopated ostinato against its slightly sad melody—the result is mildly hypnotic. Returning to the familiar, I found Xue’s spirited La cumparsita playful, but not deficient in passion. The exquisite Cavatina by Stanley Myers is widely known from the score of The Deer Hunter , although its composition predated that film. Apparently it’s much harder than it sounds—the challenge is to play the melody with true legato phrasing, well separated from the accompanying figures. From what I’ve read, the many barred positions complicate things for the guitarist: there’s not the slightest sense of strain in Xue’s performance. Lastly, the irresistible Andean folk tune El condor pasa and Lauro’s Seis por derecho are played with sympathetic flair. All told, it’s a beautiful recital, beautifully recorded. Unfortunately, there are no notes on the music. While not an unforgivable omission, some descriptions of the pieces and short bios of the composers would have been welcome. Recommended.

FANFARE: Robert Schulslaper
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Works on This Recording

Cantos de España, Op. 232: no 1, Preludio [Asturias, Op. 47 no 5] by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Xuefei Yang (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Paris, France 
Length: 5 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Notes: This piece was added to the Suite española and retitled "Asturias" (Op 47,
no 5) nine years after the composer's death. 
Romance de Amor by Traditional
Performer:  Xuefei Yang (Guitar)
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Recuerdos de la Alhambra by Francisco Tarrega
Performer:  Xuefei Yang (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1880-1905; Spain 
Length: 3 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Piezas (3) españolas for Guitar: no 3, Zapateado by Joaquin Rodrigo
Performer:  Xuefei Yang (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; Spain 
Length: 2 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Michelle by Paul McCartney
Performer:  Xuefei Yang (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1965; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Toru Takemitsu. 
The Deer Hunter: Cavatina by Stanley Myers
Performer:  Xuefei Yang (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1979 
Length: 3 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: John Williams. 
El Colibri by Julio Sagreras
Performer:  Xuefei Yang (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 1 Minutes 7 Secs. 
El Condor Pasa by Daniel Aloymias Robles
Performer:  Xuefei Yang (Guitar)
Written: Peru 
Length: 3 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Jorge Morel. 
Seis por Derecho by Antonio Lauro
Performer:  Xuefei Yang (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Venezuela 
Length: 3 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Etudes (12) for Guitar, W 235: no 7 in E major by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Xuefei Yang (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; Paris, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 7 Secs. 
La cumparsita by Gerardo Matos Rodríguez
Performer:  Xuefei Yang (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 2 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Xue Fei Yang. 
I Believe by Hyung-Seok Kim
Performer:  Xuefei Yang (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 3 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Chris Wong. 
Spring Breeze by Yu-Xian Deng
Performer:  Xuefei Yang (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 3 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Gerald Garcia. 
Variations on Sakura by Yuquijiro Yocoh
Performer:  Xuefei Yang (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 6 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Anak by Ferdinand P. Aguilar
Performer:  Xuefei Yang (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Philippines 
Length: 2 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Notes: Arrangers: Xue Fei Yang; Kenneth Kwan. 
Un sueño en la floresta by Agustín Barrios Mangoré
Performer:  Xuefei Yang (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918; Paraguay 
Length: 7 Minutes 4 Secs. 

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