Throughout a rich five thousand year history, China has developed a highly sophisticated musical culture. The classics of ancient Chinese music not only call for instrumental virtuosity but also rely upon the musicians skill in bringing to life the rich extra-musical representations and imagery. Ancient Chinese music is in fact, poetry in sound; or similarly, a landscape painting in musical tones, drawing inspiration from and even competing with the subtle and allusive language of classical Chinese poetry, for the ideas and the emotions of the composers or the players. The abstract musical forms of the Western classical tradition, as the sonata or symphony is alien to Chinese musical thinking, rather the focus was always to provide a mental image in sound of a place, or time or person.
Presented on this album are ten of the most famous works of Chinese instrumental music interpreted by six top instrumentalists.
The rich variety of Chinese instrumental music finds its inspiration in natural beauty, military heroics and human sorrow. "Ambush on All Sides" is a musical depiction of an ancient battle between Chu and Han tribes during the Warring States period of China's history. "Waterfall from An Overhanging Cliff" is performed on the Zheng (Chinese zither) and Xiao (bamboo vertical flute) and vividly depicts the natural beauty of a waterfall on a high cliff. "Three Variations on Yangguan" is a piece about the sadness of separation of two good friends. In the piece "Deep Night" you can hear the sounds of a variety of traditional percussion instruments that were used in traditional Jing Ju (Beijing opera) to evoke the excitement of the noisy audience. "Folk Tune" is performed on the bangdi (a high-pitched horizontal flute, made of bamboo) accompanied by a marimba and xylophone, depicting a noisy marketplace. "General's Command" is another piece depicting a battle scene.
- 180g Vinyl LP
- Gatefold jacket with black debossed Chinese lettering
- Made in EU
- Ambush On All Sides
- Folk Tune
- Three Variations On Yangguan
- Deep Night
- Reflected Moonlight On Er-quan Spring
- Waterfall From An Overhanging Cliff
- Flamboyant Dress Of Jade And Velvet
- Remembrance Of Xiaoxiang
- A Flower And Its Shadow
- General's Command