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  "Soliloquy at Cold Mountain Temple"

Chinese National Symphony Orchestra
Li Xin Cao (conductor)
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Site review by mwagner1962 August 23, 2006
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Okay...I was very interested in this release as I am fan world music as well as a HUGE fan of Channel Classics.

I will start with the sound which is excellent. There is a nice feel of the hall, excellent detail, as well as a good spread from the orchestra with a nice sense of air. Actually, this is typical of all my other Channel orchestral SACDs.

The music itself however, is another story. Basically a collection of Chinese folk songs, the music ranges from very enjoyable to ahh, sometimes downright campy. The music has a good blend of western sounds with the usually expected pentatonic sound of Chinese music....not a bad thing at all by any means!!! However, some of the sounds are totally western. If I was unaware of what I disc I was listening to I would never guess some of the tracks were Chinese melodies!!!

Still, a fun if not stunning release!!! I just hope that this Channel in China series continues and that we get more releases with true Chinese instruments!!!


Review by Oscar May 20, 2007 (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
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This is a disc of Orchestral Chinese music. The compositions derive form arrangements of traditional folk music that are many generations old, and very popular in China. It may be that they sound a bit "western" to our ears, but then we could also argue that our music may sound a bit "eastern" to their ears.

The pieces are very attractive, and could be considered in the category of "easy listening". They are played for all their worth by an excellent orchestra.

Excellent sound.

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