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Yuan [077778615422]

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    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 11

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    There was a time when the term "Chinese music" was used in a derogatory fashion in the U.S., but with the growth of world music in the 1980s, some labels began to realize that perhaps Western audiences could appreciate China's musical legacy. In fact, Chinese music can be incredibly soulful and haunting. This is definitely true of Yuan, a moving, largely instrumental date uniting oboe player Shung Tian with the acclaimed Guo Brothers. In contrast to modern Chinese pop musicians, these players take an essentially traditional approach and offer arrangements of familiar Chinese folk songs like "Soldiers Of The Long March," "One Flower" and "Springtime On Parmir Mountain." Although bass guitar and electric keyboards are employed, time-honored instruments like the zheng (a Chinese harp), bamboo flutes and the oboe are what stand out on this excellent CD. ~ Alex Henderson

  • Critic Reviews
    Down Beat (3/91) - 3.5 Stars - Good Plus "`Yuan,' meaning `to be far away,' is the intimate group of Chinese musicians raised during the Cultural Revolution...The music is based on traditional songs and dances, and can be quiet and romantic or surprisingly lean and aggressive..."
    Musician (1/93, p.95) - "...Playing their native flutes and shens (a hand-held mouth-blown organ), Yi and Yue Guo mostly tone up Chinese traditional songs, rendered in Guo arrangements....They've got dynamite instincts for rooted instrumental music, a little flash and lots of verve..."
    Village Voice - A - "...formalize folk music into art music without draining its life away..."
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