Ye: The Psalms of Taciturnity, Zhanhao/Gang: The Butterfly Lovers - Wang, Yang
Accentus Music ACC 30464
Classical - Orchestral
Chen Ye: Violin Concerto No. 1 'The Psalms of Taciturnity'
He Zhanhao/Chen Gang: Violin Concerto 'The Butterfly Lovers'
Zhi-Jong Wang (violin)
Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra
Yang Yang (conductor)
Hailed at its premiere as 'a breakthrough in China's symphonic music', HE Zhanhao and CHEN Gang's Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto was later reviled during the Cultural Revolution for its Western influence and feudal Chinese inspiration. Though universally recognized among the Chinese people, the piece remains largely unknown in the West. A work of undeniable emotional appeal, it also carries with it a history that some of its biggest supporters are still struggling to digest. Borne of an uneasy union of revolutionary nationalist sentiment and Chinese urban cosmopolitanism, the musical progeny manages to be faithful to both its parents.