ChinaSong: Chinese folk songs and popular music arranged by Yi-Wen Jiang
The Shanghai Quartet
“I grew up with many of the traditional Chinese folk songs and popular music on this album, and played some of these pieces on the violin during the difficult days of the Chinese Cultural Revolution. The themes speak to the individual listener because they are expressive, direct and easily understood. I asked myself ‘Why not arrange them for the string quartet, which is the form I love the most? That way I can play beautiful Chinese music again and also bring it to a wider audience with my group, the Shanghai Quartet.'” – Yi-Wen Jiang
Of the Shanghai Quartet’s nine beautiful and varied albums for Delos, their most distinctive — and best selling to date — is “ChinaSong.” The enchanting arrangements of favorite Chinese folk songs were created by Yi-Wen Jiang, the Quartet’s second violinist; a labor of love on his part, and some years in the process. Everywhere the Quartet plays a group of these song arrangements, they are an instant hit with audiences.
We are excited to finally make this title available for digital download!
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