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Yellow River Concerto

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  • Audio CD (September 28, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B00001NTMT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,759 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Yellow River Concerto was performed admirably by the Slovak Radio Symphony along with the talented pianist Mr. Yin Chengzong. The first movement started with a brilliant crescendo symbolizing the very power and the strength of the yellow river, and soon the theme is introduced and repeated by the piano 4 times before continuing on. The 2nd movement, titled "Ode to the Yellow River", introduced by cellos, shows the beauty and the grandness of the yellow river. However, unlike most 2nd movements, the music soon erupts into several climaxes before finally dying down. The 3rd movement starts calmly with flutes and dies down. Suddenly, the piano rushes in with a second theme, and the music becomes dramatic, full of pathos and suppressed anger. Finally a third theme is introduced, clam yet powerful, and the movement ends. Like the first movement, the 4th movements starts out with another crescendo, yet this time it is carried out by the piano. Soon, a repetitive theme is introduced, somewhat like a chant. It is also interesting to note that the chromatic climbs carried out by strings illustrates the very waves of the yellow river. Finally the crescendo used in the beginning is used again to introduce the theme from "The East is Red", which is probably used to honor Mao and the independence of the PRC. With the final theme of "The East is Red" played out, the pianist makes one final crescendo before the piece ends brilliantly.

The articulation carried out by Mr. Yin Chengzong is near impeccable, great balance between the hands, and the dynamics dramatic and effective. This indeed is a great buy considering its below average price with its above average quality.
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I've heard The Yellow River Cantata for long time before I got this CD, this CD would be a very nice CD on your collection. And when I came to Yellow River (Hoang He) in the summer and spring, I knew this concerto said the trust: The river is always changing, savage and quiet. There is enough Asian spirit on this CD. As you know, every old chinese word and song are based on a story (called Gu dian, means classical) and if you know much about chinese stories you will feel completly this CD. One of famous Gu Dian is the fighting of Chinese people against the flood every year at the river's banks, for thousand years. You can find more information and "Gu dian" about this river in Chinese histories or stories.
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Social realism and propaganda music in Soviet Union sounds a bit differently than its Chinese counterpart. Even as being from the country which desperately lusted for Freedom from its oppressor Soviet Union, and being almost in piety regarding our struggle for independence, yet I cannot help but acknowledge the power of such Social Realism music, especially if it is created with a huge talent.

The images from Chinese "Yellow river concerto" - Defend the Yellow river! The song of the Yellow river boatmen, the Yellow river in anger! - pierce deeply with some vague presentiments and dreams of Utopia, yet these pieces represent a beautiful world! And that is where the Art is more powerful than politics, and always will be.

Also, this CD features 15 solo piano tracks, all of them are sparkling and truly beautiful: some are stylized Chinese, pentatonic, while the track 6 "Happy Loso" by Y. Chengzong (the pianist of the whole CD himself) sounds somehow very bartókian. A refreshing and beautiful music!
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This is an excellent album that worth adding to your collection. Moreover, such great music for such low price, there is no reason you shouldn't buy it.
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An excellent recording made of this timeless classic produced when the People's Republic were trying to show that they had the panache, style and talent to pull off a Western style piano concerto.
This listener feels they were very successful - balancing western romantic sound (think Rachmaninoff and Gershwin) with Chinese folk melodies. I only wish I knew some of those songs so that my experience would be richer in the listening.
The piano playing is electrifying and articulate. I get the impression that the pianist felt totally immersed and emotionally involved with this piece - with a wonderful result.
Considering the excellent price, this is a no-brainer addition to anyone's CD collection!
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The Yellow River Piano Concerto is a lovely and (at risk of belaboring the word) BRILLIANT concerto, with obviously (or at at least to stereotype) Chinese characteristics to the music. Far more melodic than much of 20th century music. For my taste, it was way too short (about 21 minutes); a perfect show-biz finale, left me begging for more. Still, this one work makes the whole CD worth buying.

The other works on the CD were all for solo piano, an enjoyable listen but a let-down after that concerto. I should add the disclaimer that it's hard for *me* to listen too long to the playing of a single instrument, even one as versatile as the piano, so my own judgements on the solo piano work are arguably a mere quibble.
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