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Chinese Traditional & Contemporary Pipa Music / Wu Man


Release Date: 01/11/2000 
Label:  Nimbus   Catalog #: 7043   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  TraditionalChen YiZhou QinruLiu Tianhua,   ... 
Performer:  Wu ManLiu Qi-ChaoYang YiTien-Juo Wang
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The pipa is a traditional Chinese lute, with a tone that falls somewhere between a European lute and an Indian sitar. Wu Man is one of China's most prominent pipa players. Conservatory trained and internationally renowned, she performs both traditional and contemporary pipa compositions.
Disc one is dedicated to solo performance. The delicate, rapid plucking technique and unique pacing creates a distinctive musical environment. Wu's performance of ancient melodies aims to evoke calm, pastoral settings.
Performing with an ensemble of traditional flutes, zithers and drums, Wu's second disc takes on an even more ethereal tone. Washes of harp-like zither and reedy flute melodies provide a lush backdrop for the plucked pipa.
Some of the
Read more contemporary pieces such as 1993's 'Run' value the same dissonance favored by other composers, making their distinctive orchestration all the more interesting. However, for the most part, Wu's album is a serene journey through the history of Chinese music. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Lanterns and moon competing in brilliance by Traditional
Performer:  Wu Man (Pipa)
Written: China 
Date of Recording: 03/23/1993 
Venue:  Nimbus Foundation, Monmouth, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 21 Secs. 
2.
Ancient melodies of Wulin by Traditional
Performer:  Wu Man (Pipa)
Written: China 
Date of Recording: 03/23/1993 
Venue:  Nimbus Foundation, Monmouth, England 
Length: 14 Minutes 17 Secs. 
3.
The tyrant removes his armour by Traditional
Performer:  Wu Man (Pipa)
Written: China 
Date of Recording: 03/23/1993 
Venue:  Nimbus Foundation, Monmouth, England 
Length: 10 Minutes 27 Secs. 
4.
Chen Sui by Traditional
Performer:  Wu Man (Pipa)
Written: China 
Date of Recording: 03/23/1993 
Venue:  Nimbus Foundation, Monmouth, England 
Length: 12 Minutes 12 Secs. 
5.
The moon on high by Traditional
Performer:  Wu Man (Pipa)
Written: China 
Date of Recording: 03/23/1993 
Venue:  Nimbus Foundation, Monmouth, England 
Length: 13 Minutes 31 Secs. 
6.
The Points by Chen Yi
Performer:  Wu Man (Pipa)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1991; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/23/1993 
Venue:  Nimbus Foundation, Monmouth, England 
Length: 8 Minutes 56 Secs. 
7.
Flute and Drum at Sunset by Traditional
Performer:  Liu Qi-Chao (Hsiao), Yang Yi (Cheng), Wu Man (Pipa)
Written: China 
Date of Recording: 03/23/1993 
Venue:  Nimbus Foundation, Monmouth, England 
Length: 9 Minutes 36 Secs. 
8.
Birds in the Forest by Traditional
Performer:  Tien-Juo Wang (Gaohu), Wu Man (Pipa)
Written: China 
Date of Recording: 03/23/1993 
Venue:  Nimbus Foundation, Monmouth, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 23 Secs. 
9.
Autumn Moon over the Han Palace by Traditional
Performer:  Wu Man (Pipa)
Written: China 
Venue:  Nimbus Foundation, Monmouth, England 
Length: 8 Minutes 32 Secs. 
10.
Mantra of Pu'an by Traditional
Performer:  Wu Man (Pipa)
Written: China 
Date of Recording: 03/23/1993 
Venue:  Nimbus Foundation, Monmouth, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 34 Secs. 
11.
Ancient Poem in Three Verses by Zhou Qinru
Performer:  Yang Yi (Cheng), Wu Man (Pipa)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1994; USA 
Date of Recording: 08/1995 
Venue:  Nimbus Foundation, Monmouth, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 45 Secs. 
12.
Ambush on All Sides by Traditional
Performer:  Wu Man (Pipa)
Written: China 
Date of Recording: 08/1995 
Venue:  Nimbus Foundation, Monmouth, England 
Length: 9 Minutes 15 Secs. 
13.
Three Verses on the Yang Pass by Traditional
Performer:  Wu Man (Pipa), Tien-Juo Wang (Erhu)
Written: China 
Date of Recording: 03/23/1993 
Venue:  Nimbus Foundation, Monmouth, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 16 Secs. 
14.
Sounds of nature by Liu Tianhua
Performer:  Wu Man (Pipa)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; China 
Date of Recording: 03/23/1993 
Venue:  Nimbus Foundation, Monmouth, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 28 Secs. 
15.
Run by Lam Bun-ching
Performer:  Wu Man (Pipa)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1993; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/23/1993 
Venue:  Nimbus Foundation, Monmouth, England 
Length: 7 Minutes 10 Secs. 
16.
C-A-G-E IV by Tan Dun
Performer:  Liu Qi-Chao (Sona), Tien-Juo Wang (Erhu), Wu Man (Pipa)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 09/23/1993 
Venue:  Nimbus Foundation, Monmouth, England 
Length: 7 Minutes 30 Secs. 

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