ClassicsOnline Home » MA, Sicong: Music for Violin and Piano, Vol. 1 (Hsiao-Mei Ku, Ning Lu) > Review List



MA, Sicong: Music for Violin and Piano, Vol. 1 (Hsiao-Mei Ku, Ning Lu)

Composer(s):Ma, Sicong
Artist(s) Lu, Ning, piano • Ku, Hsiao-mei, violin
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber MusicInstrumental
Catalogue 8.570600
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
MP3
USD 6.99
 

 


Ma Sicong is remembered today as a leading violinist, composer and teacher who devoted his life to creating a new national identity for Chinese music. He pioneered the use of folk idioms, often adopting fragments or motifs from folk tunes and crafting them into his own musical writing. His vast output includes symphonies, concertos, chamber music, operas and ballet music as well as various forms of vocal music. Of this extensive output, Ma’s violin music is widely regarded as one of his most important contributions. This is the first release in the Naxos Chinese Classics series.


   




Review By Lesley Sly,Sound & Image (Australia),April 2008

Strong elements of Chinese folk and classical tradition in the tunes and in exquisite shivers of dissonance and piercing high notes, but modern western nuances too. There are joyous dances, rhapsodic cadenzas, tone poems, and short sketches based on rural scenes, grief and hardship. No doubt this taut, economical and moving performance is also informed by Ku’s experiences as a teenager in re-education heavy manual labour programs, and from witnessing the composer being abused by Red Guards in front of students and teachers.



Review By Paolo Hooke,Fine Music,February 2008

Ma was an innovator in his use of Chinese folk material, adopting themes and shaping them into his own creations. In this disc we can enjoy the composer’s use of folk songs from various regions of China; Shanxi Province, Anhui Province, Inner Mongolia and Tibet, which are seamlessly and skillfully crafted into chamber music pieces that are Western in style, Chinese in character. There is a range of moods; from the lively to the lyrical, from the robust to the rhapsodic. …The violinist is Chinese-born Hsiao-mei Ku who shares a personal connection with the composer…Ku plays the music with a depth of understanding and affection, ably supported by Chinese-born pianist Ning Lu. The total timing is generous at 71 minutes and there are accompanying notes.

more....



Review By David Denton, Naxos,August 2007

A student of violin and composition in France during the 1920's and 30's, Ma Sicong had become one of the leading pedagogues in his native China until the Red Guards forced him from his employment. Having suffered physical abuse at their hands, he was fortunate enough to find safe passage to the United States where he spent the last twenty years of his life, dying there in 1987 at the age of 75. He left a large catalogue of music from symphonies and concertos to the modest pieces included on this disc. He pioneered the use of Chinese folk music within conventional Western classical frameworks, aiming to give far greater international circulation. Like much Chinese music the colourful titles do not translate into the pictures we understand, their content falling under the heading

more....




 

Affiliates  |  Classical Points  |  Press Room  |  About Us  |  Contact Us  |  Terms of Use  |  Privacy Policy

ClassicsOnline Newsletter Archive

Monthly Features on ClassicsOnline

Why choose ClassicsOnline?
ClassicsOnline is your source for classical music new releases, rare catalog, historical recordings and exclusive bargains. Our vast classical music catalog has over 1 Million tracks from more than 50,000 albums available in DRM-free MP3 (320kbps) and FLAC (lossless format). More than 500 new albums are added each month, all of which are carefully indexed, and searchable by Composer, Artist, Work and Label. Membership is free, and registration includes 5 free tracks for download. Get a free track every week and gain access to exclusive classical deals when you subscribe to our newsletter. ClassicsOnline was honored in 2010 as the Best Classical Download Site by the MIDEM Classical Awards Jury.

Some titles may not be available in all countries because of possible copyright or licensing restrictions.

Copyright © 2014 Naxos Digital Services Ltd. All rights reserved.
Classicsonline.com – Your Classical Music Download Source
5:52:13 AM Wednesday, September 24, 2014  -207-