The ten different pieces of opera here are by far the most popular and each distinctly representative of a local culture. Featuring Peking, Kunqu, Henan, Zhejiang Yue, and Huangmei operas amongst others, the album brings one surprise after another, never allowing a moment of dullness. Oriental instruments varied in tonality and texture ring with vitality that so closely resembles the human voice, listeners will surely be amazed. Supported by an ensemble matching the power of Western philharmonics, the thinness and delicacy of Chinese opera is exchanged for a stronger, rounder, and warmer sound.
Song Fei's erhu resonates fluidly in "Dream Of The Red Mansion" and "Tale Of The Bramble Hairpin". Zhang Qiang, renowned for his mastery of the Chinese lute, gives stunning performances in "Madame Butterfly", "Mulan" and "The Cowherd And The Weaver Girl". Dai Ya's flute resounds clearly in "Peony Pavilion". Also featured in the album is top-tier master of the jinghu, Zhang Shun Xiang, and famous gong performer Ye Tie Sen, both recognized as the finest musicians in the country and cherished by the Chinese citizens.
Recorded in China Central Television Station (CCTV)'s 480 square meters professional studio.
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- Zhejiang Yue Opera: Dream Of The Red Mansion
- Henan Opera: Hua Mulan
- Kunqu Opera: Peony Pavilion
- Cantonese Opera: Madame Butterfly
- Huangmei Opera: The Cowherd And The Weaver Girl
- Szechuan Opera: The Bramble Hairpin
- Ping Opera: Flowers As The Keepsake
- Hebei Opera: The Great Award
- Shanghai Opera: Buddhist Arhat Coin
- Peking Opera: Drunken Beauty / Miss Su San Goes To Trial