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Dragon Songs

Lang Lang

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After several albums of Western classical music, Chinese pianist Lang Lang returns to the music of his native country on Dragon Songs. The main piece is "Yellow River Piano Concerto," a four-part work running nearly 21 minutes on which he is accompanied by the China Philharmonic Orchestra. It is based on "Great Song of the Yellow River," a choral cantata composed by Xian Xinghai during the Japanese occupation of China in 1939, and is a stirring, patriotic piece. The rest of the music is more sedate, with Lang adapting various folk tunes and short pieces written for Chinese instruments to the piano. He also introduces some Chinese instruments into the pieces, duetting with Fan Wei on pipa (a guitar- or lute-like instrument) on "Spring Flowers in the Moonlit Night on the River," Zang Jiali on the guanzi (a sort of Chinese piccolo) on "Dance from Quici," and Ji Wei on guzheng (reminiscent of a string dulcimer) on "At Night on the Lake Beneath the Maple Bridge." The 63-minute CD is accompanied by a lengthy DVD that includes a 45-minute documentary of Lang's return visit to China for master classes, concerts, and even a little time with his family at "home" (an apartment he says he has slept in twice). There are also video performances of the all of the album's tracks, each one prefaced by introductory remarks by the pianist. Just as "Yellow River Piano Concerto" began the CD, it ends the DVD in a mammoth performance in Guangzhou with four orchestras combined and 100 female piano players, all spread out in a space that looks larger than a football field.
© William Ruhlmann /TiVo

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Concerto for Piano & Orchestra "The Yellow River" (Central Philharmonic Society)

1
1. Prelude: The Song of the Yellow River Boatmen
Lang Lang
00:03:30

Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - China Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Wu Yuxia, Pipa, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Lang Lang, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Long Yu, Conductor, MainArtist - Chen Shasha, Flute, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Xian Xinghai, Composer - Yin Chengzong, Arranger, Work Arranger - Chu Wanghua, Arranger, Work Arranger - Stephan Flock, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jürgen Bulgrin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Christian Leins, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2006 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

2
2. Ode to the Yellow River
Lang Lang
00:03:43

Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - China Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Wu Yuxia, Pipa, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Lang Lang, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Long Yu, Conductor, MainArtist - Chen Shasha, Flute, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Xian Xinghai, Composer - Yin Chengzong, Arranger, Work Arranger - Chu Wanghua, Arranger, Work Arranger - Stephan Flock, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jürgen Bulgrin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Christian Leins, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2006 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

3
3. The Yellow River in Wrath
Lang Lang
00:07:19

Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - China Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Wu Yuxia, Pipa, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Lang Lang, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Long Yu, Conductor, MainArtist - Chen Shasha, Flute, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Xian Xinghai, Composer - Yin Chengzong, Arranger, Work Arranger - Chu Wanghua, Arranger, Work Arranger - Stephan Flock, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jürgen Bulgrin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Christian Leins, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2006 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

4
4. Defend the Yellow River
Lang Lang
00:06:11

Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - China Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Wu Yuxia, Pipa, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Lang Lang, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Long Yu, Conductor, MainArtist - Chen Shasha, Flute, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Xian Xinghai, Composer - Yin Chengzong, Arranger, Work Arranger - Chu Wanghua, Arranger, Work Arranger - Stephan Flock, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jürgen Bulgrin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Christian Leins, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2006 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Autumn Moon on a Calm Lake (pinghu qiuyue) (Lü Wencheng)

5
Wencheng: Autumn Moon on a Calm Lake
Lang Lang
00:04:08

Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Lang Lang, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Lü Wencheng, Composer - Stephan Flock, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jürgen Bulgrin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Christian Leins, Producer - Chen Peixun, Arranger, Work Arranger

℗ 2006 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

The Cowherd's Flute (Mutong duandi) (He Luting)

6
Luting: The Cowherd's Flute
Lang Lang
00:02:47

Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Lang Lang, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - He Luting, Composer - Stephan Flock, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jürgen Bulgrin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Christian Leins, Producer

℗ 2006 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Dialogue in Song (dui hua) (Traditional)

7
Traditional: Dialogue in Song
Lang Lang
00:02:35

Traditional, Composer - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Lang Lang, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Flock, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jürgen Bulgrin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Christian Leins, Producer - Huang Anlun, Arranger, Work Arranger

℗ 2006 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Dance of Spring (chunwu) (Sun Yiqiang)

8
Yiqiang: Dance of Spring
Lang Lang
00:05:14

Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Lang Lang, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sun Yiqiang, Composer - Stephan Flock, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jürgen Bulgrin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Christian Leins, Producer

℗ 2006 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Little Mermaid Suite (Du Mingxin)

9
Straw Hat Dance
Lang Lang
00:02:07

Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Lang Lang, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Du Mingxin, Composer - Stephan Flock, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jürgen Bulgrin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Wu Zuqiang, Arranger, Work Arranger - Christian Leins, Producer

℗ 2006 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Spring Wind (wang chunfeng) (Deng Yuxian)

10
Yuxian: Spring Wind
Lang Lang
00:02:03

Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Lang Lang, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Deng Yuxian, Composer - Stephan Flock, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jürgen Bulgrin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Christian Leins, Producer - Xiao Tairan, Arranger, Work Arranger

℗ 2006 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Happy Times (fanshen de rizi) (Zu Jianer)

11
Jianer: Happy Times
Lang Lang
00:01:37

Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Lang Lang, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Zu Jianer, Composer - Stephan Flock, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jürgen Bulgrin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Christian Leins, Producer - Zhu Wanghua, Arranger, Work Arranger

℗ 2006 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Spring Flowers in the Moonlit Night on the River (chun jiang hua yue ye) (Traditional)

12
Traditional: Spring Flowers in the Moonlit Night on the River (chun jiang hua yue ye)
Fan Wei
00:07:28

Traditional, Composer - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Lang Lang, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Fan Wei, Pipa, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Flock, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jürgen Bulgrin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Wu Zuqiang, Arranger, Work Arranger - Christian Leins, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2006 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Dance from Qiuci (qiuci wu) (Zhao Jiping)

13
Jiping: Dance from Qiuci (qiuci wu)
Zhang Jiali
00:05:14

Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Lang Lang, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Zhao Jiping, Composer - Zhang Jiali, Flute, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Flock, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jürgen Bulgrin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Christian Leins, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2006 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

A Night on the Lake Beneath the Maple Bridge (fengqiao ye po) (Wang Jianmin)

14
Jianmin: A Night on the Lake Beneath the Maple Bridge (fengqiao ye po)
Ji Wei
00:09:09

Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Lang Lang, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wang Jianmin, Composer - Ji Wei, Zither, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Flock, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jürgen Bulgrin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Christian Leins, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2006 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Coloured Clouds Chasing the Moon (caiyun zhui yue) (Ren Guang)

15
Ren: Coloured Clouds Chasing The Moon
Lang Lang
00:02:58

Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Lang Lang, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jianzhong Wang, Arranger, Work Arranger - Stephan Flock, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guang Ren, Composer - Jürgen Bulgrin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Christian Leins, Producer

℗ 2006 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Album Description

After several albums of Western classical music, Chinese pianist Lang Lang returns to the music of his native country on Dragon Songs. The main piece is "Yellow River Piano Concerto," a four-part work running nearly 21 minutes on which he is accompanied by the China Philharmonic Orchestra. It is based on "Great Song of the Yellow River," a choral cantata composed by Xian Xinghai during the Japanese occupation of China in 1939, and is a stirring, patriotic piece. The rest of the music is more sedate, with Lang adapting various folk tunes and short pieces written for Chinese instruments to the piano. He also introduces some Chinese instruments into the pieces, duetting with Fan Wei on pipa (a guitar- or lute-like instrument) on "Spring Flowers in the Moonlit Night on the River," Zang Jiali on the guanzi (a sort of Chinese piccolo) on "Dance from Quici," and Ji Wei on guzheng (reminiscent of a string dulcimer) on "At Night on the Lake Beneath the Maple Bridge." The 63-minute CD is accompanied by a lengthy DVD that includes a 45-minute documentary of Lang's return visit to China for master classes, concerts, and even a little time with his family at "home" (an apartment he says he has slept in twice). There are also video performances of the all of the album's tracks, each one prefaced by introductory remarks by the pianist. Just as "Yellow River Piano Concerto" began the CD, it ends the DVD in a mammoth performance in Guangzhou with four orchestras combined and 100 female piano players, all spread out in a space that looks larger than a football field.
© William Ruhlmann /TiVo

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