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Feast your ears on the musical classics of the east with MUSIC TALKS, the Middle Kingdom’s mashup of classical music and in-depth discussions with some of China’s most celebrated orchestral professionals. Experience the instruments, get some perspective, feel the pulse of antiquity.

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Feast your ears on the musical classics of the east with MUSIC TALKS, the Middle Kingdom’s mashup of classical music and in-depth discussions with some of China’s most celebrated orchestral professionals. Experience the instruments, get some perspective, feel the pulse of antiquity.

    HE Xige: Flying Emblem

    HE Xige: Flying Emblem

    Today, we have the pleasure of having a marvel in the Mongolian community joining us in the studio Mr He Xige. Mr HE is not only an excellent horsehead fiddle instrumentalist but also a celebrated composer, who infuses modernity into Mongolian fiddle music, winning the favour of numerous music lovers home and abroad.
    'Flying Emblem' is one of He's most popular pieces. There were two kinds of emblems during Genghis Khan’s time, namely the black and white ones. The black emblem was used when going out to battle. The white one represented peace. Mr He says the white emblem was used in his music video, symbolising their enduring faith in peace and righteousness.
    Song Lists:
    1. 蒙古缘 Predestined Affection for Mongol
    2. 乡愁 Nostalgia
    3. 风中的苏鲁德 Flying Emblem

    • 23 min
    Classic Covers

    Classic Covers

    In our previous episodes, you’ve been introduced to the horse head fiddle, a traditional instrument from Mongolians and its musician Li Bo. Today we bring you selected songs from Li Bo’s albums in which we will listen to familiar melodies that are performed with this legendary instrument.
    Song Lists
    1. 滨辺の歌
    2. Libertango
    3. Csárdás
    4. Air on the G String
    5. Missing at the wildland 荒城之月寄思
    6. Life Prayer 生命的祝福
    Special Thanks to Li Bo and Sunrise Century Culture Development.

    • 33 min
    Nomads in the distance – nomadic departure

    Nomads in the distance – nomadic departure

    Today, we’ll continue our chat with Mr Li Bo, a celebrated Inner Mongolian musician of the horse head fiddle, and address his music and the stories behind his songs.
    Aoter at a Far Distance was composed by Mr Li in 1981. It’s regarded as one of the most frequently performed in the genre. ‘Aoter’ in Mongolian refers to the migration process of the nomadic group. In summer, they load their ox-wagons with everyday essentials and seek fresher grass for their cattle. When finding a suitable place, they will settle their yurts there, and graze their cattle and horses for awhile.

    • 29 min
    The Legend of the Mongolian Fiddle

    The Legend of the Mongolian Fiddle

    The Mongolians are distinctive people renowned for riding on horseback. The horsehead fiddle is a symbol of the horse and the nomadic nature of this group. In the following episodes of Music Talks, we have Mr Li Bo, a celebrated musician of the instrument, in the studio with us, to share his legendary instrument and its legacy.
    What was the story behind the instrument? Is it true that the fiddle's music can even sooth members of the animal kingdom? Find out in this episode!
    Music Lists:
    1. The Wind from Above, by Li Bo
    2. The Legend of the Horse Head Fiddle, by Li Bo
    3. The Lonely Camel Baby, by Li Bo
    4. Pastoral, by Li Bo

    • 31 min
    The Peony Pavilion, a Tale of Love

    The Peony Pavilion, a Tale of Love

    Kunqu is said to be the mother of all Chinese operas. With a 400 year history, 'the Peony Pavilion’ is one of its celebrated tales of love, which has been remade into numerous films and plays. 

The uncut performances of this romantic 16th-century work consisted of more than 22 hours. Chinese composer Tan Dun, best known for his music for the film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, re-adapted this classic into a compact 75-minute production several years ago. With our colleague Liu Min’s help, our host Tony had the pleasure of watching Tan’s version from an online video recorded at the New York Metropolitan Museum. And we’ve invited Liu Min on Music Talks today to share with you ‘The Peony Pavilion’ while enjoying Tan’s version of the Chinese Kunqu opera.
    To check out the New York Metropolitan Museum edition, click: https://www.metmuseum.org/peonypavilion

    • 29 min
    Name THIS Tune (ii)

    Name THIS Tune (ii)

    In our previous episodes, we got the chance to experience the guzheng, with the maestro, Zhang Lu with China National Traditional Orchestra. Today we bring you some selections from Zhang Lu’s album. The music you’re about to hear are the guzheng versions to a number of songs or film soundtracks you might be familiar with.
    Song Lists:
    1. Scarborough Fair
    2. Wandering Songstress (天涯歌女)
    3. Moon River
    4. A Bright Sunny Day in Autumn (九九艳阳天)
    5. Mama, Do You Remember? (草帽歌)
    6. Red Dust (滚滚红尘)

    • 19 min

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