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MA, Sicong: Music for Violin and Piano, Vol. 2 (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 Music
Catalogue 8.570605
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
MP3
USD 6.99
 

 


The Chinese composer and violinist Ma Sicong was born in Haifeng in Guangdong (Canton) province in 1912, and was among the relatively few Chinese musicians of his generation to study abroad. He settled in America in 1967. The music on this disc embraces contrasting moods, each imbued with Ma Sicong’s abiding love for his homeland and combining Chinese inspiration with Western musical techniques. Shortly after composing the Rondo No. 4 he wrote this heartbreaking entry in his diary: ‘When can I end my exile? Nobody knows.’


   




Review By Doundou Tchil ,Classical Iconoclast,November 2010

Ma Sicong (???) (1912–1987) (Ma Sitkong) is a composer everyone should know, Chinese or not, because his music can be exquisitely beautiful. The latest recording, Ma Sicong Music for Violin and Piano Vol 2, has been top of my listening list for many months. It’s heart-breakingly poignant and intimate. This is the disc I turn to most, despite all others, because it’s so emotionally potent. That’s why it’s been difficult for me to write about it because I can’t do it justice.



Review By Jonathan Woolf,MusicWeb International,October 2010

The first volume in this series nicely sets out questions of biography and musical orientation. Briefly, Ma Sicong studied in France—violin at the Nancy Conservatoire, and possibly in Paris as well, though no one seems sure. He returned later for composition lessons before returning to China, where he’d been born in 1912, to form a symphony orchestra. He became an administrator and in 1949 found himself in Hong Kong. He was invited back to China, to Beijing, and life as a performer and composer. He suffered mightily during the Cultural Revolution, escaping in 1967 to America, where he lived for another twenty years.

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Review By Jonathan Woolf,MusicWeb International,October 2010

The first volume in this series nicely sets out questions of biography and musical orientation. Briefly, Ma Sicong studied in France—violin at the Nancy Conservatoire, and possibly in Paris as well, though no one seems sure. He returned later for composition lessons before returning to China, where he’d been born in 1912, to form a symphony orchestra. He became an administrator and in 1949 found himself in Hong Kong. He was invited back to China, to Beijing, and life as a performer and composer. He suffered mightily during the Cultural Revolution, escaping in 1967 to America, where he lived for another twenty years.

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Review By Uncle Dave Lewis ,Allmusic.com,April 2010

Pianist Ning Lu provides a superlative accompaniment, working with Ku’s stirring ebb and flow to create an air of genuine excitement. Ma’s artistic sensibility—including such admirable qualities as graciousness, sparkling rhythm, dynamic drive, and soulful melodicity—never changed despite his difficulties…For some listeners the idea of a composer sidestepping the issue of forward development in his/her work over time might be a turnoff, but when you have such an original and well-defined sound as Ma demonstrates in piece after piece, who would want it to change? Violinists of all kinds will find much nourishment in Naxos’ Ma Si-cong: Music for Violin and Piano 2, though most others should find it fulfilling, as well.








 

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