Sketches of China Xuefei Yang

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Album-Release:
2020

HRA-Release:
07.08.2020

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  • Renchang Fu (b. 1970):
  • 1A Lovely Rose (Arr. Renchang Fu)07:03
  • Wei Qu (1917 - 2002):
  • 2Flower Drum(Arr. Xuefei Yang)03:01
  • Chinese Traditional Song:
  • 3A Moonlit Night on the Spring River(Arr. Xuefei Yang)07:18
  • Guang Ren (1900 - 1941):
  • 4Silver Clouds Chasing the Moon(Arr. Xuefei Yang)03:34
  • Chinese Traditional Song:
  • 5Hujia(Arr. Weiliang Zhang)08:19
  • 6White Snow in the Spring Sunlight(Arr. Xuefei Yang)03:38
  • Tieshan Liu:
  • 7Yao Dance(Arr. Xuefei Yang)06:11
  • Kunqu opera:
  • 8Everlasting Longing(Arr. Sha Yuan)05:42
  • Chinese Traditional Song:
  • 9Three Variations on Plum Blossom(Arr. Xuefei Yang)03:49
  • 10Fisherman’s Song by Moonlight(Arr. Sha Yuan&Xuefei Yang)05:02
  • Changjun Xu (b. 1957):
  • 11Sword Dance(Arr. Xuefei Yang)05:37
  • Yong Ning:
  • 12Camel Bells Along the Silk Road(Arr. Xuefei Yang)07:43
  • Yi Chen (b. 1953):
  • 13Shuo Chang07:06
  • Wen-Chung Chou (1923 - 2019):
  • 14Three Folk Songs(Arr. Kenneth Kwan & Xuefei Yang)03:42
  • Renchang Fu:
  • 15Dreams of Gulangyu Island06:55
  • Tan Dun (b. 1957): Seven Desires:
  • 16Tan Dun: Seven Desires: 101:51
  • 17Tan Dun: Seven Desires: 201:09
  • 18Tan Dun: Seven Desires: 302:32
  • 19Tan Dun: Seven Desires: 401:59
  • 20Tan Dun: Seven Desires: 502:02
  • 21Tan Dun: Seven Desires: 601:27
  • 22Tan Dun: Seven Desires: 702:13
  • Qing Xi Wenig (1936 - 2012):
  • 23The Moon Represents My Heart(Arr. Roland Dyens)03:35
  • Total Runtime01:41:28

Info for Sketches of China



Acclaimed Chinese guitarist Xuefei Yang releases a new double-album - Sketches of China - featuring a unique collection of works ranging from the Han Dynasty (206BC-220AD) to the 21st Century, many of which are world premiere recordings. For this album, Xuefei has sought out and arranged poignantly beautiful traditional melodies, commissioned new works from leading Chinese composers and collaborated with colleagues who are the musical superstars in her native land. The first single from the album, A Lovely Rose arranged by Renchang Fu, is available to buy and stream now.

The album pairs orchestral works (Renchang Fu conducting the Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra) with duets featuring traditional Chinese instruments (Weiliang Zhang on xiao and Sha Yuan on guzheng), in addition to solo guitar tracks. Through this album, Xuefei aims to share the rich sound world of Chinese classical music with audiences all over the world.

Xuefei Yang commented: “Music from my homeland occupies a very special place in my heart. I am thrilled to share this music with new listeners, many of whom will be hearing these delightful pieces for the first time. Presenting to the world this aspect of China’s long and deep culture is a dream come true. I hope this album will bring a fresh perspective on Chinese music, an insight into Chinese culture, and open a door to new repertoire for guitar.”

Xuefei Yang enjoys an international career that has taken her to the most renowned concert halls of the world and seen her perform with other leading artists including Sir James Galway, Ian Bostridge, Rosalind Plowright, Sumi Jo, Heath Quartet and Elias String Quartet.

In addition to her wide repertoire, throughout her career she has also been engaged in another, even more personal journey: a journey into the musical heritage of her homeland, a musical treasure trove hardly known in the West.

This is Xuefei’s third release on the Decca label by Universal Music China. Her two previous solo albums Heartstrings and Colours of Brazil gathered multiple accolades.

Xuefei Yang, classical guitar

Weiliang Zhang, xiao
Sha Yuan, guzheng
Renchang Fu, conductor
Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra



Xuefei Yang
is acclaimed as one of the world’s finest classical guitarists. Hailed as a musical pioneer - her fascinating journey began after the Cultural Revolution, a period where Western musical instruments & music were banned. Xuefei was the first-ever guitarist in China to enter a music school, & became the first internationally recognised Chinese guitarist on the world stage. Her first public appearance was at the age of ten and received such acclaim that the Spanish Ambassador in China presented her with a concert guitar. Her debut in Madrid at the age of 14 was attended by the composer Joaquín Rodrigo and, when John Williams heard her play, he gave two of his own instruments to Beijing’s Central Conservatoire especially for her and other advanced students.

Xuefei was born in Beijing, & is a graduate of Beijing’s Central Conservatoire of Music, and went on to become the first Chinese musician to receive a full scholarship for postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she received the Principal’s Prize on completion of her postgraduate study.

Her international success has led her to be invited to play in more than 50 countries at numerous prestigious venues such as Wigmore Hall, all Southbank venues, and Royal Albert Hall in London, as well as the Philharmonie Berlin, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Konzerthaus Vienna, Auditorio Nacional de Espana, Barcelona Auditorium, Carnegie Hall & Lincoln Center New York. In Asia she has appeared at the National Concert Hall Taipei, Hong Kong City Hall & Cultural Center, Esplanade Singapore, Seoul Arts Centre and gave the first guitar recital and concerto in the Beijing National Center of Performing Arts. Xuefei has also been invited to perform at major music festivals such as BBC Proms, Edinburgh International Festival, Shanghai MISA Festival and the Beijing international Music Festival.

In 2003 she performed 54 concerts for the “Night of the Proms” Tour, appearing in Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany, to a total audience of over 800,000 people.

Xuefei is frequently invited to play with the world’s leading orchestras including Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Royal Scotland National Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Orchestra, Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, Rotterdam Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Symphony Orchestra, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, & Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic, China Philharmonic. Xuefei’s recent highlights include return performances with the English Chamber Orchestra, Halle Orchestra, Beijing Symphony Orchestra, Wintertour Philharmonic, debut performances with Beijing Symphony Orchestra, China National Orchestra giving the Asian premier of the The Albeniz Concerto written for Xuefei by Stephen Goss, and an Australian tour with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra which included performing the Australian premier of Tan Dun’s guitar concerto.

Xuefei’s dedication as a recitalist will see her appear across the world throughout the season. Her engagements in the 2016/17 season include appearances in Melbourne, Seoul, Hong Kong, Beijing, San Francisco, Frankfurt, London, Bath, Istanbul and concertos with the Seoul Philharmonic, HK Philharmonic, Beijing Symphony & Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester. Xuefei also continues her successful collaboration with the Heath Quartet.

Gramophone magazine praised Xuefei as one of the leading innovators of her generation for continuing to build the guitar repertoire. Xuefei is committed to commissioning new works and making her own arrangements, with a particular interest in adding Chinese music and chamber music, many of which have appeared on her recordings. Xuefei has received new works from composers such as Chen Yi, Stephen Goss, Timothy Salter, Carlo Domeniconi. This season sees her giving at least three world premiere performances.

Xuefei has made many albums including several acclaimed recordings for EMI Classics. Her first recording received a gold disc & her second was selected as ‘Editor’s Choice’ in Gramophone magazine. Several of the recordings reflect Xuefei’s interest in expanding the repertoire. A concerto album recorded with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Eiji Oue, featuring Rodrigo’s Concerto de Aranjuez & Goss’ Albeniz Concerto. Another recording of “Bach Concertos” featured Xuefei’s innovative transcriptions of solo works and concertos by J.S. Bach. Xuefei has released two albums in 2016, her latest solo album “Colours of Brazil,” (Decca Classics) and “Songs from our Ancestors” (Globe Music) which continues her successful collaboration with Ian Bostridge in a recording made at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.

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