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CHEN, Gang / HE, Zhanhao: Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto (The) / BREINER, P.: Songs and Dances from the Silk Road (Nishizaki, Judd)

Composer(s):Breiner, PeterChen, GangHe, Zhanhao
Artist(s) Judd, James, Conductor • New Zealand Symphony OrchestraNishizaki, Takako, violin
Period(s) 20th CenturyContemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category Concertos
Catalogue 8.557348
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
USD 6.99



Review By Gwyn Parry-Jones,Naxos,

[Breiner] is a talented Slovakian composer, who has lived and worked for many years in Canada. He has taken here a selection of traditional melodies connected with the Silk Road, that great trade route that begins in Western China and wends its way westward through Asia. Keith Anderson's liner notes say that he has attempted a 'synthesis of East and West', which perhaps makes these pieces out to be more serious or even pretentious than they in fact are. They have the character of rather splendid film music, and are orchestrated with superb skill. The solo violin is again featured, and I particularly enjoyed the poetry of A Beloved Rose, with its delicate tracery in the celesta, and Lin Hua Hua, where the flute is required to bend the notes like the Chinese traditional flute, the di



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