CD The Chinese Cheng (CD 1051440),
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The Chinese Cheng

  • 1. Inlaid Zither
    2. Floating Lotus
    3. Poem of Ping's Garden
    4. Renaissance
    5. Romantic Dream, A
    6. Lover's Reiteration
    7. Lyric of Ping's Garden
    8. High Mountain and Flowing Stream (Kao Shan Liu Sui)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 7302

  • Credits

    Personnel: Liang Tsai-Ping (zither).
    Translator: A.C. Graham.
    Arranger: Liang Tsai-Ping.
    A sophomore release (on Lyrichord, at any rate) from Liang Tsai-Ping, the president of the Chinese Classical Music Association. The music played on the album is split more or less in half between ancient traditional works and new compositions by Tsai-Ping. The music is performed beautifully, as one would expect from the president of such a society. Much of the work is rather slow, in almost a processional sense. Much of it, though, is also flowing, making full use of arpeggios and near-glissandos within the 16 strings of the instrument. The sound is always pensive, as any well-performed cheng music generally is, and the compositions work well for the album. This album would make a decently good start for a foray into the concepts of Chinese classical music, but something more substantial might do well as an addition for the serious ethnomusicologist listener. ~ Adam Greenberg

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