China: Album of the Prunus Hermitage (Ocora)
The record label says: Chen Leiji performs solo qin zither recordings from the Zhucheng school (Shandong, N.E. China). The music from the Prunus Hermitage was written in 1931 and the collection of compositions heard here is the last remaining example of this unique style. During the Cultural Revolution, the qin was banned as an 'aristocratic' instrument. Leiji began to study the instrument with Master Gong Yi at age 9 and is now considered the instrument's leading exponent. Also trained in western classical music, Leiji contributes to the rebirth of this thousand-year-old instrument by taking part in the creation of contemporary classical works such as the concerto for instrument of silence written for him in 1996 by Chen Qigang, and by performing with Nieuw Ensemble of Amsterdam.
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