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 andColours of Brazil gathered multiple accolades.
Link to single: https://VA.lnk.to/Fei1singleMB