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Sojourn - The Very Best of Xuefei Yang

Xuefei Yang

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Xuefei Yang has established herself as one of the world's leading classical guitarists, and even though her discography might seem too small to provide material for a greatest-hits collection, Sojourn: The Very Best of Xuefei Yang is an excellent introduction to her work. The album is organized in three categories, reflecting key aspects of her repertoire: five pieces by J.S. Bach, a pair of Chinese miniatures, and a block of Spanish classics and popular favorites, some of which are among the most beloved pieces composed for the instrument. Yang's manner of expression tends toward introspection and precise musicianship, so even though she is capable of playing flashy pieces, she tends to favor the calm moods of Bach, as in Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring; Air on the G string; and the Prelude in C major (backed in these chamber arrangements by the Elias String Quartet), and the poetic imagery of China in The Butterfly Lovers and Plum Blossoms in the Snow. Even so, she provides some examples of her technical skills in Tárrega's Variations on Carnival in Venice and Recuerdos de la Alhambra, Albéniz's Tango, and Sainz de la Maza's Zapateado, though these pieces also reveal the subtleties of Yang's playing, rather than surface virtuosity. The recording gives Yang great presence and clear sound, and the polished production of EMI and Warner Classics makes this an enjoyable album for quiet listening.
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1
Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147: 'Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring'
Xuefei Yang
00:03:33

Arne Akselberg, Engineer - Stephen Johns, Producer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Xuefei Yang, Arranger, Guitar, MainArtist - Elias String Quartet, Ensemble, String Quartet, FeaturedArtist

© 2013 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 2012 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

2
Harpsichord Concerto No. 2 in E Major, BWV 1053: II. Sicilliano
Xuefei Yang
00:05:10

Arne Akselberg, Engineer - Stephen Johns, Producer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Xuefei Yang, Composer, Guitar, MainArtist - Elias String Quartet, Ensemble, String Quartet, FeaturedArtist

© 2013 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 2012 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

3
Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach: 'Bist Du Bei Mir', BWV 508
Xuefei Yang
00:02:39

Arne Akselberg, Engineer - Stephen Johns, Producer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Arranger - Xuefei Yang, Arranger, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist - Gottfried Stölzel, Composer

© 2013 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 2012 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

4
Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068: II. Air (Air on a G string)
Xuefei Yang
00:04:03

Arne Akselberg, Engineer - Stephen Johns, Producer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Xuefei Yang, Arranger, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist

© 2013 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 2012 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

5
The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude No. 1, BWV 846
Xuefei Yang
00:02:23

Arne Akselberg, Engineer - Stephen Johns, Producer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Arranger - Xuefei Yang, Arranger, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist - Gottfried Stölzel, Composer

© 2013 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 2012 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

6
Violin Concerto, "Butterfly Lovers": I. Falling in Love (Arr. for Guitar by Xuefei Yang)
00:08:42

John Taylor , Producer, Balance Engineer - Xuefei Yang, Arranger, Guitar, MainArtist - Zhanhao He, Composer - Gang Chen, Composer

© 2013 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 2008 Shanghai Push Sound Music & Entertainment Ltd under exclusive licence to Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

7
Plum Blossoms in the Snow (Arr. for Guitar by Gerald Garcia)
Xuefei Yang
00:02:09

John Taylor , Producer, Balance Engineer - Xuefei Yang, Guitar, MainArtist - Zi Huang, Composer - Gerald Garcia, Arranger

© 2013 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 2008 Shanghai Push Sound Music & Entertainment Ltd under exclusive licence to Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

8
The Carnival of Venice (Variations on a Theme of Paganini)
Xuefei Yang
00:08:09

Francisco Tarrega, Composer - John Taylor , Producer, Balance Engineer - Xuefei Yang, Guitar, MainArtist

© 2013 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 2008 Shanghai Push Sound Music & Entertainment Ltd under exclusive licence to Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

9
Cavatina
Xuefei Yang
00:03:30

John Williams, Arranger - Stanley Myers, Composer - Xuefei Yang, Guitar, MainArtist

© 2013 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 2006 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

10
Recuerdos de la Alhambra
Xuefei Yang
00:03:53

Francisco Tarrega, Composer - Xuefei Yang, Guitar, MainArtist

© 2013 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 2006 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

11
Spring Breeze
Xuefei Yang
00:03:55

Xuefei Yang, Guitar, MainArtist - Yu Xian Deng, Composer - Gerald Garcia, Arranger - Qui-Li Lin, Composer

© 2013 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 2006 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

12
España, Op. 165: II. Tango (Andantino)
Xuefei Yang
00:02:54

Arne Akselberg, Balance Engineer - Stephen Johns, Executive Producer - Isaac Albeniz, Composer - Xuefei Yang, Guitar, MainArtist - Jorn Pedersen, Recording Producer

© 2013 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 2010 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK

13
Concierto de Aranjuez: II. Adagio
Orquestra Simfònica De Barcelona I Nacional De Catalunya
00:11:13

Arne Akselberg, Balance Engineer - Stephen Johns, Executive Producer - Joaquin Rodrigo, Composer - Xuefei Yang, Guitar, MainArtist - Eiji Oue, Conductor - Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya, Orchestra - Jorn Pedersen, Producer

© 2013 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 2010 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK

14
Zapateado
Xuefei Yang
00:02:26

Xuefei Yang, Guitar, MainArtist - Eiji Oue, Conductor - Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya, Orchestra - Regino Sainz de la Maza, Composer

© 2013 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 2010 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK

15
Serenata española
Xuefei Yang
00:04:14

Joaquín Malats, Composer - Xuefei Yang, Guitar, MainArtist - Eiji Oue, Conductor - Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya, Orchestra

© 2013 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 2010 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK

16
Sahara:
Xuefei Yang
00:03:22

Arne Akselberg, Balance Engineer - Stephen Johns, Executive Producer - Xuefei Yang, Guitar, MainArtist - John Brunning, Composer - Jorn Pedersen, Producer

© 2013 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 2010 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK

17
Romance No. 1:
Xuefei Yang
00:02:54

Arne Akselberg, Balance Engineer - Stephen Johns, Executive Producer - Xuefei Yang, Guitar, MainArtist - John Brunning, Composer - Jorn Pedersen, Producer

© 2013 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 2010 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK

Album Description

Xuefei Yang has established herself as one of the world's leading classical guitarists, and even though her discography might seem too small to provide material for a greatest-hits collection, Sojourn: The Very Best of Xuefei Yang is an excellent introduction to her work. The album is organized in three categories, reflecting key aspects of her repertoire: five pieces by J.S. Bach, a pair of Chinese miniatures, and a block of Spanish classics and popular favorites, some of which are among the most beloved pieces composed for the instrument. Yang's manner of expression tends toward introspection and precise musicianship, so even though she is capable of playing flashy pieces, she tends to favor the calm moods of Bach, as in Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring; Air on the G string; and the Prelude in C major (backed in these chamber arrangements by the Elias String Quartet), and the poetic imagery of China in The Butterfly Lovers and Plum Blossoms in the Snow. Even so, she provides some examples of her technical skills in Tárrega's Variations on Carnival in Venice and Recuerdos de la Alhambra, Albéniz's Tango, and Sainz de la Maza's Zapateado, though these pieces also reveal the subtleties of Yang's playing, rather than surface virtuosity. The recording gives Yang great presence and clear sound, and the polished production of EMI and Warner Classics makes this an enjoyable album for quiet listening.
© TiVo

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