The Piano in China
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A fascinating look at the evolution of music for piano in China.

While the first piano made its appearance in China in the late 19th century, Chinese piano composition did not begin until the 1930s. The common thread with the music on this compact disc is the use of traditional Chinese elements and their manifestation of a Chinese spirit. The music selected, spanning the period from the 1930s to 2007, traces the formation and development of a true Chinese style of piano writing. Pianist Tianshu Wang has been acclaimed by the press as a "superbly talented pianist" who plays with "prodigious technique and eloquent phrasing." A Steinway artist, Ms. Wang has performed across the U.S., China, Mexico, Singapore, Thailand, and Taiwan. She is on the faculty of Capital University's Conservatory of Music as well as the Shenyang Conservatory of Music in China.
Alexander Tcherepnin, composer
Concert Studies, Op. 52
Tianshu Wang, piano

He Luting, composer
Buffalo Boy's Flute
Tianshu Wang, piano

Li Yinghai, composer
Music at Sunset
Tianshu Wang, piano

Tan Dun, composer
Eight Memories in Watercolor
Tianshu Wang, piano

Chu Wanghua, composer
The Jasmine Flowers
Tianshu Wang, piano

Zhang Zhao, composer
Pi Huang--Moments in Beijing Opera
Tianshu Wang, piano

Jonathan Green, composer
Study on the Life Cycle of the Phoenix
Tianshu Wang, piano

"This is an admirable CD and it will reward anyone who chooses to explore it. I look forward to hearing more from this pianist!" (Fanfare)

"Chinese born pianist Tianshu Wang...has not only selected an interesting and unique program for this recording, but brings it off with style and affection. ...There are no duds hereŠno boring pieces to have you clawing towards the exit. ...the entire enterprise is endlessly fascinating." (American Record Guide)
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