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CHEN, Jie: Chinese Piano Favourites

Artist(s) Chen, Jie, piano
Period(s) 20th CenturyContemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.570602
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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While the piano is a western invention, it has come to occupy a special position in Chinese musical life. The earliest Chinese piano pieces date from the first half of the twentieth century; many remain popular in the concert hall today. This latest release in Naxos' Chinese Classics focuses on piano works from the Republican period (1911-1949), featuring Jie Chen, Bronze Medal Winner of the 2005 Santander Piano Competition. The music draws on well-known ancient melodies or folk-tunes, as reflected in the titles.


Review By David Denton,Naxos,January 2008

Piano compositions in China only date back to the early part of the 20th century, but soon fell foul of the puritanical Communist regime who banned all such decadent Western traits and dictated that the only form of composition should be restricted to arrangements of folk music. Despite these restraints works have come from resourceful musicians such as Ding Shan-de who kept within ‘limits’ with a charming Children’s Suite completed in 1953. All of this seems strange when today I hear so many superb young Chinese pianists taking part in international piano competitions, this disc coming from Jie Chen, a young virtuoso who has been collecting prestigious prizes around the world. Much of her young life has been spent studying in the United States, where she



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