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Sketches of China

Xuefei Yang

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Xuefei Yang's Sketches of China was released on the Decca label's Chinese branch but has become a commercial success in the West (as well as, presumably, in China). No doubt this is partly because Yang has already released several well-received albums of Western music, but it's more than that. The album, in spite of the fact that it comprises exclusively Chinese selections and is presented as a return to the artist's roots (as a professional classical guitarist Yang is virtually a pioneer in her homeland), occupies a space between East and West that will exert fascination over listeners from both regions. Yang's program takes a synoptic approach, drawing selections from Chinese traditional music dating back centuries and includes contemporary works as well; Tan Dun's Seven Desires is an accessible work that will certainly appeal to lovers of the composer's film scores. Moreover, she draws on the music of China's ethnic minorities, including that of the persecuted Uighur culture of the far west. Yang uses her own guitar arrangements as well as those of others, and she plays not only solo guitar but duets with Chinese traditional instruments and a few guitar-and-orchestra pieces, joined by the Xiamen Philharmonic under Renchang Fu. Thus, there are two separate forms of fusion happening here: first, there is the act of rendering Chinese tradition on an instrument external to it, and second is the large variety of music being presented. The result is a kaleidoscopic procession in which Yang's guitar, by turns, stays close to its usual Western sounds and imitates such Chinese instruments as the qin, pipa, and liuqin. The range of sounds coming out of the guitar is startling, and Decca's engineering team does them justice. A landmark release, not only of guitar music but of the growing interaction between Chinese and Western musical cultures.
© James Manheim /TiVo

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1
A Lovely Rose (Arr. Renchang Fu)
00:07:03

Yi Sun, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Xuefei Yang, Producer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Renchang Fu, Composer, Conductor, String Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

℗ 2020 Universal Music China

2
Wei Qu: Flower Drum(Arr. Xuefei Yang)
00:03:01

Xuefei Yang, Producer, Arranger, Guitar, Work Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wei Qu, ComposerLyricist - Dakang Li, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Universal Music China

3
A Moonlit Night on the Spring River(Arr. Xuefei Yang)
00:07:17

Xuefei Yang, Producer, Arranger, String Arranger, Guitar, Work Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Dakang Li, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chinese Traditional Song, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2020 Universal Music China

4
Ren: Silver Clouds Chasing the Moon (Arr. Xuefei Yang)
00:03:33

Xuefei Yang, Producer, Arranger, String Arranger, Guitar, Work Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Guang Ren, ComposerLyricist - Dakang Li, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Universal Music China

5
Hujia (Arr. Weiliang Zhang)
00:08:19

Xuefei Yang, Producer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Weiliang Zhang, Arranger, String Arranger, Wooden Flute, Work Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Dakang Li, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chinese Traditional Song, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2020 Universal Music China

6
White Snow in the Spring Sunlight(Arr. Xuefei Yang)
00:03:37

Xuefei Yang, Producer, Arranger, String Arranger, Guitar, Work Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Dakang Li, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chinese Traditional Song, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2020 Universal Music China

7
Yao Dance(Arr. Xuefei Yang)
00:06:11

Xuefei Yang, Producer, Arranger, String Arranger, Guitar, Work Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Tieshan Liu, ComposerLyricist - Dakang Li, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Universal Music China

8
Everlasting Longing(Arr. Sha Yuan)
00:05:42

Xuefei Yang, Producer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Dakang Li, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sha Yuan, Arranger, String Arranger, Gu Zchung, Work Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Kunqu opera, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2020 Universal Music China

9
Three Variations on Plum Blossom(Arr. Xuefei Yang)
00:03:48

Xuefei Yang, Producer, Arranger, String Arranger, Guitar, Work Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Dakang Li, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chinese Traditional Song, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2020 Universal Music China

10
Fisherman’s Song by Moonlight(Arr. Sha Yuan&Xuefei Yang)
00:05:01

Xuefei Yang, Producer, Arranger, String Arranger, Guitar, Work Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Dakang Li, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chinese Traditional Song, ComposerLyricist - Sha Yuan, Arranger, String Arranger, Gu Zchung, Work Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Universal Music China

DISC 2

1
Sword Dance(Arr. Xuefei Yang)
00:05:37

Xuefei Yang, Producer, Arranger, String Arranger, Guitar, Work Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Dakang Li, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Changjun Xu, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2020 Universal Music China

2
Camel Bells Along the Silk Road(Arr. Xuefei Yang)
00:07:43

Xuefei Yang, Producer, Arranger, String Arranger, Guitar, Work Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Yong Ning, ComposerLyricist - Dakang Li, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Universal Music China

3
Shuo Chang
00:07:06

Xuefei Yang, Producer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Yi Chen, ComposerLyricist - Dakang Li, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Universal Music China

4
Three Folk Songs(Arr. Kenneth Kwan & Xuefei Yang)
00:03:42

Xuefei Yang, Producer, Arranger, String Arranger, Guitar, Work Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wen-chung Chou, ComposerLyricist - Dakang Li, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kenneth Kwan, Arranger, String Arranger, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Universal Music China

5
Dreams of Gulangyu Island
00:06:54

Yi Sun, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Xuefei Yang, Producer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Renchang Fu, Conductor, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

℗ 2020 Universal Music China

Seven Desires (Tan Dun )

6
1
00:01:50

Xuefei Yang, Producer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Tan Dun, ComposerLyricist - Dakang Li, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Universal Music China

7
2
00:01:09

Xuefei Yang, Producer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Tan Dun, ComposerLyricist - Dakang Li, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Universal Music China

8
3
00:02:32

Xuefei Yang, Producer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Tan Dun, ComposerLyricist - Dakang Li, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Universal Music China

9
4
00:01:59

Xuefei Yang, Producer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Tan Dun, ComposerLyricist - Dakang Li, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Universal Music China

10
5
00:02:02

Xuefei Yang, Producer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Tan Dun, ComposerLyricist - Dakang Li, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Universal Music China

11
6
00:01:26

Xuefei Yang, Producer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Tan Dun, ComposerLyricist - Dakang Li, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Universal Music China

12
7
00:02:13

Xuefei Yang, Producer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Tan Dun, ComposerLyricist - Dakang Li, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Universal Music China

13
The Moon Represents My Heart (Arr. Roland Dyens)
00:03:34

Xuefei Yang, Producer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Roland Dyens, Arranger, String Arranger, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Qing Xi Weng, ComposerLyricist - Dakang Li, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Universal Music China

Album Description

Xuefei Yang's Sketches of China was released on the Decca label's Chinese branch but has become a commercial success in the West (as well as, presumably, in China). No doubt this is partly because Yang has already released several well-received albums of Western music, but it's more than that. The album, in spite of the fact that it comprises exclusively Chinese selections and is presented as a return to the artist's roots (as a professional classical guitarist Yang is virtually a pioneer in her homeland), occupies a space between East and West that will exert fascination over listeners from both regions. Yang's program takes a synoptic approach, drawing selections from Chinese traditional music dating back centuries and includes contemporary works as well; Tan Dun's Seven Desires is an accessible work that will certainly appeal to lovers of the composer's film scores. Moreover, she draws on the music of China's ethnic minorities, including that of the persecuted Uighur culture of the far west. Yang uses her own guitar arrangements as well as those of others, and she plays not only solo guitar but duets with Chinese traditional instruments and a few guitar-and-orchestra pieces, joined by the Xiamen Philharmonic under Renchang Fu. Thus, there are two separate forms of fusion happening here: first, there is the act of rendering Chinese tradition on an instrument external to it, and second is the large variety of music being presented. The result is a kaleidoscopic procession in which Yang's guitar, by turns, stays close to its usual Western sounds and imitates such Chinese instruments as the qin, pipa, and liuqin. The range of sounds coming out of the guitar is startling, and Decca's engineering team does them justice. A landmark release, not only of guitar music but of the growing interaction between Chinese and Western musical cultures.
© James Manheim /TiVo

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