Shao Rong - Orchid [2001] + Orchid II [2004]

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Shao Rong - Orchid [2001] + Orchid II [2004]

Shao Rong - Orchid (2001)
World | ape -> 271 mb | mp3 @ 320 kbps -> 106 mb | 46 min

The Chinese lute, Pipa, is said to have already existed in the year 221 BC, in the Qin Dynasty, the time when Emperor Shih Huang Ti brought the provinces to gether under one rule. It means the instrument has a history of over two thousand years. As with most other instruments, it has evolved over time to become what it is today. There are 4 strings in high notes of A, E, D and A. This type of tuning is said to be a recent innovation. The strings were originally made of silk but now they are made of steel. The body is made of red sandalwood.

In this album, the beautiful Chinese lute music is played by the female lute player Shao Rong from Shanghai. Her style of performance comprises of the tremolo method which uses all five fingers ("Rinshi"), something original to the Chinese lute. It makes the instrument sound sometimes like a mandolin, sometimes whimsical like banjo. Her vibrant music and the sensitive yet dramatic performance will just mesmerize the audience.

Al the pieces recorded in this album are original compositions except for the "Precious Moon". The bringing together of classical folk instruments like "guzheng", "erhu", "dizi" and "shakuhachi" with western type of instruments like piano, guitar and base is refreshing and brings out the unique and rich power of expression contained in the lute. The shimmering, shining sounds of the lute and the somewhat melancholy melodies lead you to dreaming of foreign exotic lands.

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tracks:
01. Wild Rose
02. Bamboo Dance
03. Precious Moon (From"Yue Er Gao")
04. True Love
05. A Day Goes By
06. The Land Of Woods And Waters
07. Unicorn
08. Marketplace
09. One More Tale
10. Wild Rose (Reprise)

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Shao Rong - Orchid [2001] + Orchid II [2004]

Shao Rong - Orchid II (2004)
World | ape -> 201 mb | mp3 @ 320 kbps -> 90 mb | 39 min

An album that makes you feel the infinite possibilities of the Chinese lute has just been released. In this, her second album, Shao Rong again shows her mastery of the Chinese lute. "Orchid" is one such masterpiece and provides the title of the album. Its melody, composed by Missa Johnouchi, is reminiscent of Europe. There are two pieces with vocals - "Milky Way" and "Dreaming" - in which Shao Rong sings lyrics that she herself wrote.

The soft whispering of the lyrics sound like the tones of bells heard from a far and these very pleasant sounds mix with the almost transparently clear tones of the lute. Shao Rong's style of performance with the tremolo method creates sounds that shimmer like precious gems spilling out from the treasure box. These shimmering notes of the Chinese lute played together with the Western type instruments like violin and piano, performing pieces from the melancholy melody to the up-tempo comprise a repertoire that transforms the conventional image of this instrument.

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tracks:
01. A Tropical Island
02. Eastward Journey
03. A song of Lilies
04. Milky Way
05. Qingdao Breeze
06. Desert Flowers
07. Orchid
08. Dreaming
09. Early Spring
10. A Tropical Island (Reprise)

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Shao Rong - Orchid [2001] + Orchid II [2004]