Silk Baroque / Wu Wei, Holland Baroque

Release Date: 6/7/2019
Label: Pentatone
Catalog Number: PTC5186800
Performer: Wei Wu
Number of Discs: 1

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$19.99
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Silk Baroque presents a musical encounter between Wu Wei and Holland Baroque, performing a programme that ranges from Baroque greats such as Bach, Vivaldi, Telemann and Rameau to Chinese traditional tunes, all tied together by the musicians’ openness to improvisation, experimentation and cultural exchange. Wu Wei plays the sheng, an extraordinary ancient Chinese mouth organ, which looks like a bundle of bamboo reeds cased in a metal bowl. It is a miracle of harmony, melody and rhythmic possibilities, and Wu Wei’s abilities fully bring out the sheng’s beauty: whispering, charming, and compelling. Age-old traditions come together in performances that sound fresh and contemporary. Silk Baroque carries listeners into a lively, enticing and fascinating sound world. Holland Baroque is an original and innovative baroque orchestra that approaches baroque repertoire through a fresh and contemporary approach, with a focus on improvisation and collaborations with outstanding artists from different traditions. On their first PENTATONE release, they work together with Wu Wei, who dazzles audiences worldwide with his virtuosic sheng playing.
Works on This Recording
1. Castor et Pollux: Tristes apprêts by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer: Wei Wu (Sheng)
Period: Baroque
Written: 1737 ; Paris, France
1. What About Some Bells (after G.P. Telemann) by Judith Steenbrink
Performer: Wei Wu (Sheng)
2. Trio Sonata for 2 Violins and Basso Continuo in D minor, Op. 1 no 12/RV 63 "La Follia" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer: Wei Wu (Sheng)
Period: Baroque
Written: 1705 ; Venice, Italy
2. Polonois Chinois (after Melante) by Judith Steenbrink
Performer: Wei Wu (Sheng)
3. Les Éléments: Le chaos by Jean-Féry Rebel
Performer: Wei Wu (Sheng)
Period: Baroque
Written: 1737 ; France
3. Horse-Racing by Traditional
Performer: Wei Wu (Erhu)
4. Overture-Suite in C major, TV 55 no C 3 "Wassermusik": Harlequinade by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer: Wei Wu (Sheng)
Period: Baroque
Written: 1723 ; Hamburg, Germany
4. Prelude for Prelude (after J.-P. Rameau) by Judith Steenbrink
Performer: Wei Wu (Sheng)
5. Gavotte ancienne by Jean-Marie Leclair
Performer: Wei Wu (Sheng)
Period: Baroque
5. Sei tausendmal willkommen, TVW 13:9a: I. Sinfonia by Georg Philipp Telemann
6. Sonata for Violin solo no 2 in A minor, BWV 1003: 3rd movement, Andante by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Wei Wu (Sheng)
Period: Baroque
Written: 1720 ; Cöthen, Germany
6. Silk Rondeau (for Maite) by Judith Steenbrink
Performer: Wei Wu (Sheng)
7. Silk Rondeau (for Maite) by Judith Steenbrink
Performer: Wei Wu (Sheng)
8. Trio Sonata for 2 Violins and Basso Continuo in D minor, Op. 1 no 12/RV 63 "La Follia" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer: Wei Wu (Sheng)
Period: Baroque
Written: 1705 ; Venice, Italy
9. Polonois Chinois (after Melante) by Judith Steenbrink
Performer: Wei Wu (Sheng)
10. Horse-Racing by Traditional
Performer: Wei Wu (Erhu)
11. Castor et Pollux: Tristes apprêts by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer: Wei Wu (Sheng)
Period: Baroque
Written: 1737 ; Paris, France
12. Gavotte ancienne by Jean-Marie Leclair
Performer: Wei Wu (Sheng)
Period: Baroque
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