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BUTTERFLY LOVERS CONCERTO; VIOLIN CONCERTO


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Gil Shaham's love affair with the 'Butterfly Lovers' Concerto extendsback over fifteen years, and it is only now that the opportunity hasarisen to document this rewarding work to disc. Gil is an enthusiasticexponent of this concerto, having performed it in concert in the UnitedStates, Europe and Asia.

It is a work with which Gil has a very strong musical affinity and in aninterview with Gramophone Magazine in 2002 said \I think the writingis brilliant and violinistic". The work imitates the sound of variousChinese traditional instruments, in particular the inflexions and slidingpitches used by an erhu (two-string fiddle). "The erhu has nofingerboard so the slide feels very different. Also, on the erhu onecannot lift the bow as on a violin so articulations are different." Over thepast 150 years Chinese violin-playing developed its own style andsound, and Gil was able to learn from various violinists, erhu-ists andteachers. "A whole world opened up to me. It was amazing to discoverthis concerto, the beautiful ancient legend on which it is based, a tinybit of Chinese musical culture and even aspects of violin playing I hadnot known before."

The unprecedented success of the 'Butterfly Lovers' concerto beganimmediately after its premiere in 1959. The ensuing Cultural Revolutionallowed the work after having first banned it, with the two composersChen and He serving prison terms. Its highly programmatic content -the centuries old story of a young heroine in feudal times - is based onone of the most famous folk-tales of the Chinese Operas. In many waysit is a symphonic translation of this operatic tradition. Recentdramatizations of the story in the forms of novels, feature films, andeven animated television series have served to enhance the concerto'sfollowing. Today it enjoys unparalleled popularity in China and moreand more in the West as well. As one of the world's leading virtuosos, GilShaham is the first to have added the work to his concert repertoire. Hesays that he enjoys the advantage of having no "cultural or politicalbaggage", and feels able to interpret this work for the sheer joy that themusic offers."
Facts
Item number CC04
Barcode 892118001044
Release date 09/01/2007
Category Violin
Label Canary Classics
Media type CD
Number of units 1
Disc: 1
Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35
1 Adagio Cantabile
The Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto
1 Adagio cantabile (bar 1) -
Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35
1 Adagio cantabile (bar 1) -
The Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto
2 Allegro (bar 51) -
Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35
2 Allegro (bar 51) -
2 Allegro
3 Adagio Assai Doloroso
The Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto
3 Adagio assai doloroso (bar 244) -
Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35
3 Adagio assai doloroso (bar 244) -
The Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto
4 Pesante (bar 291) - Piu mosso - Duramente -
Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35
4 Pesante (bar 291) - Piu mosso - Duramente -
4 Pesante - Piu Mosso - Duramente
5 Lagrimoso
The Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto
5 Lagrimoso (bar 446) -
Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35
5 Lagrimoso (bar 446) -
The Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto
6 Presto resoluto (bar 468) -
Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35
6 Presto resoluto (bar 468) -
6 Presto Resoluto
7 Adagio Cantabile
The Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto
7 Adagio cantabile (bar 666)
Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35
7 Adagio cantabile (bar 666)
8 I. Allegro moderato
9 II. Canzonetta: Andante
10 III. Finale: Allegro vivacissimo
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