The Soul of Pipa, Vol. 2: Classical Chinese pipa music from the ancient to the recent -
This is the second of the series of three CDs for pipa solo interpreted by Liu Fang. It inludes 8 tracks of the most ancient repertoire till the recent compositions of classical styles, reflecting the time evolution of Chinese pipa repertoire.
Press reviews on this CD:
This CD is a veritable feast of alluring sounds, ranging from the eloquent and lyrical to the flamboyant and percussive. The varied soundscape produced by one player and one instrument is quite dazzling. Liu FangÂ’s masterly technique (e.g. tremolo, delicate harmonics, lyrical tunes, and boisterous percussive effects), as well as the music itself -- which is based on short sections characterized by ever-changing tempos and dynamics - all evoke an improvised and exciting quality. ... Definitely a CD to enrich anyone's musical palette and provide a sample of China's rich musical heritage, ... (The WholeNote Magazine, April 3, 2003)
... Son auditoire est littÃ©ralement transportÃ©, envoÃ»tÃ©. Elle obtient le mÃªme rÃ©sultat avec ce merveilleux CD. DÃ¨s les premiÃ¨res notes de chaque piÃ¨ce, nous tombons aussi en transe comme si elle ne jouait que pour chacun de nous, une intimitÃ© musicale hors de l'ordinaire (La Scena Musical, septembre 2003)
 Zhu Yi and Wen Bo: Spring Rain
 Liu Tianhua (1895-1932): serenity
 Yang Jieming: New variation of Tang Dynasty Liuyao-dance
 Hua Yanjun (A-bing, 1893-1850): Great waves clean out sands.
 Traditional: The ancient tunes from Yingzhou
 Liu Tianhua (1895-1932): On the theme of an air to dance.
 Ying Rongzhu and Yu Xiaoguang: Songs of Zhaojun
 Traditional : The Ambush