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The Art of the Chinese Lute

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 11, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2004
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ARC Music
  • ASIN: B00022LJF6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,356,589 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Pharoah S. Wail VINE VOICE on December 31, 2004
Format: Audio CD
The first thing I want to mention here is that this is the same cd as Miao's other cd carried by this site. Her disc listed here as "Art of the Chinese" is a previous issue of the disc I am reviewing right here. I e-mailed ARC Music about this some time ago and was told that this cd is a reissue of that cd but with different cover art. So, if you own this one, there is no need to buy that one used, or to be bummed that it is out-of-print. It's this cd.

And yes, this disc I am reviewing is incorrectly titled here. It is "Art of the Chinese Lute"... NOT "flute". There isn't one flute on this recording.

I've been torn as to how many stars to give this. After my initial listens I was thinking 3, but I am going with 4 after subsequent listens. I wasn't going to give this 3 stars meaning it is bad... FAR from it (!), it's just that within the context of other Chinese discs I have reviewed recently, this one is a smidge behind those, but 3 is just way too low for music of this caliber. 3.9? A great disc, no matter what the number.

Miao is a flat-out master of all the lutes presented here... the bass ruan, tenor ruan, and pipa. Her tone(s), style, and level of picking technique is incredible. To a certain degree, comparing/contrasting music at this level of accomplishment is just splitting hairs, but if forced, I might say she is an even more skilled player than Min Xiao-Fen... but the great Min cd I recently reviewed (Spring, River, Flower, Moon, Night) has a couple more songs/melodies I prefer over some of those on this disc. It's pretty much 6 of one, half a dozen of the other, as both discs are great, just different.
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