40 Degrees North

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40 Degrees North

Awards:

Gramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - July 2008

Catalogue No:

2063222

Release date:

7th April 2008

Barcode:

5099920632229

Length:

67 minutes

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40 Degrees North


 

Butterfly Lovers

He Zhanhao & Chen Gang. (Arranged by Xuefei Yang)

Albéniz:

Seguidillas (Castilla), from Chants d’Espagne, Op. 232

(Arranged by Xuefei Yang)

Córdoba (from Chants d’Espagne Op. 232)

(Arranged by Xuefei Yang)

Sevilla (from Suite Española, Op. 47)

(Arranged by Xuefei Yang)

Goss, S:

Chinese Garden

[composed for Xuefei Yang]

Lan Hua Hua (Blue Orchid)

Red Flowers Blooming all over the Mountain

Jasmine Flower (Waterfall Music)

Granados:

Valses Poeticos (7)

(Arranged by Xuefei Yang)

Tárrega:

Variations on Carnival of Venice

trad.:

A La Mu Han

Traditional Chinese Folk Song. (Arranged by Gerald Garcia)

Plum Blossoms in the Snow

Traditional Chinese Folk Song. (Arranged by Gerald Garcia)


Xuefei Yang (guitar)

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Supremely talented guitarist Xuefei Yang’s second disc for EMI Classics, 40 Degrees North, comprises guitar music from Spain and China.

Xuefei Yang was not only the first guitarist in China to enter music school and later to graduate from the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing with a Bachelor of Arts degree, but she was also the first Chinese guitarist to study classical guitar in the West.

The disc is so titled because the capital cities of both countries lie near latitude 40 degrees north. As Yang says: “To me, this parallel has come to symbolize the connection I feel to the music of both countries.”

The Spanish repertoire includes original solo guitar compositions (such as Tárrega’s Carnival of Venice) as well as arrangements of pieces written for piano or two guitars (Albéniz’s Seguidillas). Many of these works appear in new arrangements by Yang herself.

Since China has no established guitar repertoire of its own, the Chinese pieces on this recording originate either from arrangements of traditional Chinese pieces (including two traditional Chinese folk songs arranged for guitar by Gerald Garcia), or new compositions based on Chinese themes (such as Welsh composer Stephen Goss’s Chinese Garden, written especially for Yang).

Also included on this recording is Butterfly Lovers, originally written as a violin concerto using Western orchestral instruments and arguably the best known piece of Chinese music.

ISAAC ALBENIZ: Sevilla, from Suite Española, Op. 47

Sevilla, from Suite Española, Op. 47

ISAAC ALBENIZ: Córdoba, from Cantos de España, Op. 232

Córdoba, from Cantos de España, Op. 232

ISAAC ALBENIZ: Castilla (Seguidillas), from Cantos de España, Op. 232

Castilla (Seguidillas), from Cantos de España, Op. 232

Stephen Goss, Fang He: Mo LiHua(Jasmine Flower)

Mo LiHua(Jasmine Flower)

Yanbing Li, Suo Xu, Stephen Goss, Heyang Guan, Fukuan Feng, Feng Liu: Red flowers blooming all over the mountain

Red flowers blooming all over the mountain

Stephen Goss, Fangliang Wang: Lan Hua Hua (Blue orchid)

Lan Hua Hua (Blue orchid)

Francisco Tárrega (1852 – 1909): Variations on The Carnival of Venice

Variations on The Carnival of Venice

Zhanhao He, Gang Chen: The Butterfly Lovers, Violin Concerto-I. Falling in Love

The Butterfly Lovers, Violin Concerto-I. Falling in Love

Enrique Granados: Introduccion

Introduccion

Enrique Granados (1867-1916): Vals melódico

Vals melódico

Enrique Granados: Vals apasionado

Vals apasionado

Enrique Granados: Vals lento

Vals lento

Enrique Granados: Vals humorístico

Vals humorístico

Enrique Granados: Vals brillante

Vals brillante

Enrique Granados: Vals sentimental

Vals sentimental

Enrique Granados: Vals mariposa

Vals mariposa

Enrique Granados: Vals ideal

Vals ideal

Wang Huiran: Yi Dance

Yi Dance

Zi Huang, Xuean Liu: Plum blossoms in the snow

Plum blossoms in the snow

Luobin Wang: A La Mu Han

A La Mu Han

Gramophone Magazine

July 2008

“One of the most satisfying and well thought-out classical guitar programmes I've heard in a long while… Yang's playing exhibits that kind of subtle intelligence that makes even the most disparate elements seem effortlessly to cohere.”

Classic FM Magazine

“From Beijing to Wimbledon, this is consummate guitar playing from a lady with no equal.”

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