Variations of Jade — The Journey of Tang Poetry

Shenyang on the Bass-baritone and Zhang Yiming on the Piano perform songs from various composers - foreign and Chinese - and different music styles that were composed with the inspirations from Chinese poetry. Famous local actor David Wang will be the Narrator , together they will bring the Journey of Tang Poetry with songs as a tribute to brilliant poetry culture.

Variations of Jade — The Journey of Tang Poetry


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1. Gottfried von Einem: “In der Fremde”, from Five Songs from the Chinese, Op. 8, No. 2

2. Anton Webern: “Die Geheimnisvolle Flöte”, Four Songs, Op. 12 No. 2

3. Julius Röntgen: “Der Pavillion aus Porzellan”, from Chinese Songs from Hans Bethge, Op. 66 No. 3

4. Krzysztof Penderecki: “Mondnacht”, from Symphony No. 6 “Chinese Poetry”

5. Hans Gál: “Abend auf dem Fluss”, from Five Songs for Middle Voice and Piano, Op. 33 No.

6. Emil von Sjögren: “Wenn nur ein Traum das Dasein ist”, Op. 54, No. 1

7. Ture Rangtröm: “Afskedet”

8. Peter Warlock: “Along the Stream”, From Saudade

9. Charles T. Griffes: “The Old Temple among the Mountains”, from Five Poems of Ancient China and Japan, Op. 10 No. 3

10. John Alden Carpenter: “The Odalisque”, from Water-colors - Four Chinese Tone Poems

11. Constant Lambert: “A Summer Day”, from Four Poems by Li-Po

12. Sir Arthur Bliss: “Spring”, from The Ballads of the Four Seasons

13. Sigurd von Koch: “Vårnattsregnet”, from The Wild Swan

14. Pavel Haas: “Daleko měsíc je od domova”(Far is my Home, O Moon), from Four Songs on Old Chinese Poems No. 3

15. Niccolo D. Athens: “Mountain Rocks”

16. Alexander Tcherepnin: “Cloudlike Robe, Flowerlike Face”

17. Xiaogang Ye: “Feelings upon Awakening from Drunkenness on a Spring Day” from The Song of the Earth

When talking about the lyricizing poetry of Tang and Song dynasty in classical music, people often remind of Mahler's masterpiece Das Lied von der Erde, which is selected from the poetry collection Die Chinesisches Flöte by the German poet Hans Bethge. In fact, there are also many works scattered from different composers. According to incomplete statistics, there are more than 100 songs composed with the inspirations from Chinese poetry in classical music history. In this concert, famous actor David Wang will be involved with classical music as Narrator after Peer Gynt, his solo show with Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. Together with the famous bass-baritone Shen Yang and pianist Zhang Yiming, they will bring the Journey of Tang Poetry with lieders as a tribute to brilliant poetry culutre.

The styles of the works in this concert are varied. For example, Hans Gál was a famous composer from Austria, who occupied a pivotal position in the Vienna music community in the twentieth century; John Alden Carpenter was an American composer, whose works were born with American optimism and humor; Sir Arthur Bliss was an avant-garde British composer but holding the British traditions... In addition, works of Chinese composers will be presented at the end of the performance, demonstrating the contrast and blend between Eastern and Western styles. The diverse styles of Chinese and international musicians reveal the plasticity of Tang poetry as a lyric and fully reflect the simple fact, "Music has no boundaries".

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