Xiaogang Ye - Symphony no.3 ‘Chu’, The Last Paradise | BIS BIS2083

Xiaogang Ye - Symphony no.3 ‘Chu’, The Last Paradise

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Label: BIS

Cat No: BIS2083

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 27th May 2016

Contents

Artists

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Hila Plitmann (soprano)
Cho-Liang Lin (violin)

Conductor

Jose Serebrier

Works

Xiaogang Ye

Symphony no.3 'Chu', op.46
The Last Paradise for violin and orchestra, op.24

Artists

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Hila Plitmann (soprano)
Cho-Liang Lin (violin)

Conductor

Jose Serebrier

About

Born in 1955, Xiaogang Ye is regarded as one of China’s leading contemporary composers, whose works have drawn attention both in the West and in the Far East for three decades. On the present disc Ye’s music is championed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, under the eminent conductor José Serebrier, who are joined by the celebrated violinist Cho-Liang Lin and soprano Hila Plitmann.

In 2002 Ye was commissioned to write a symphony in celebration of the Wuhan Orchestra’s tenth anniversary. The city of Wuhan is situated in what was once the ancient State of Chu (c. 1030–224 BC), which has lent its name to the work. ‘Chu’ consists of seven movements, during which Chinese instruments such as the pipa (Chinese lute), sheng (mouth organ) and the erhu (‘Chinese violin’) appear alongside the traditional symphony orchestra. Two movements also include a wordless soprano part.

A personal inspiration informs The Last Paradise, a work which may initially seem a response to the Western violin concerto, but is in fact more akin to a late-Romantic tone poem. Here, Ye has drawn from his experiences during the Cultural Revolution, when he was deported to a small village. Conditions were so harsh that the villagers used to celebrate deaths instead of mourning them, considering death the escape from a painful life and the start of a journey towards a final paradise.

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