Cheng Yu: Chinese Masterpieces of the Pipa and Qin (Arc/Elite)

 |   |  <1 min read

Cheng Yu: Dragon Boat
Cheng Yu: Chinese Masterpieces of the Pipa and Qin (Arc/Elite)

This young virtuoso on the traditional Chinese instruments of pipa and qin (the former like a lute, the latter an unfretted seven-string zither) has been hailed for her deep understanding of the instruments and for reviving the art by using a recreated five-string pipa which had not been heard since the 8th century.

She also wrote a book about her historical research into this formerly lost instrument and of unearthing music written for it.

The evocative pieces on this collection -- with titles such as Flowing Water, Flute and Drum at Sunset, and Ambushed On All Sides -- date from as far back as the 15th century. With Li Xiangting on xaio (flute) and Wang Ciheng on dizi (bamboo flute) -- and excellent liner notes introducing each piece -- this is an extraordinary immersion in traditional Chinese music with someone who brings both depth and vigour to the various pieces.

Mesmerising.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   World Music articles index

Barbara Carlotti: Les Lys Brises (4AD)

Barbara Carlotti: Les Lys Brises (4AD)

Sounding somewhere between a wide awake Claudine Longet (who was so whispery you often wondered if she was singing or snoozing) and the cool, indifferent tone of Nico, this 32-year old Parisian... > Read more

Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba: Ba Power (Glitterbeat)

Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba: Ba Power (Glitterbeat)

Because, in the Bambara language of Mali, the word “ba” means great or strong, some have suggested the title of this swirling, rock-influenced album alludes to the Stooges' Raw... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

STEPPENWOLF: LIVE, CONSIDERED (1970): More but not necessarily better

STEPPENWOLF: LIVE, CONSIDERED (1970): More but not necessarily better

Of the very few people I know who have Steppenwolf albums, none have any other than the three I have owned: their self-titled debut (which featured Sookie Sookie, Born to be Wild and The Pusher);... > Read more

CURATOR GAIL BUCKLAND INTERVIEWED (2012): It's not only rock'n'roll

CURATOR GAIL BUCKLAND INTERVIEWED (2012): It's not only rock'n'roll

Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders – appropriately wiry and driven, often in black, her signature fringe below her eyebrows – once said, “presentation is half of it in... > Read more