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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.

    Music behind the myths

    Music behind the myths

    In this episode, we’ll present to you an orchestral suite titled Dang Kang by the Nanjing Traditional Chinese Orchestra. "Dang Kang" was derived from an auspicious beast with the same name, which was introduced in one of the earliest collections of Chinese mythologies titled The Classic of Mountains and Seas. The piece consists of six parts, most of which were composed based on well-known Chinese folklores. It portrays the optimism and persistence needed to overcome life's obstacles.

    • 31 min
    An amalgam of youthful antiquity

    An amalgam of youthful antiquity

    Founded in 2015, the Beijing Traditional Chinese Orchestra's musical style has an authentic Beijing sound with creative improvisations. Li Changjun is director of the ensemble and shares with us some intriguing stories about how the orchestra has made a breakthrough among Millennials and Gen Zers.

    • 29 min
    Tunes from the Silk Road

    Tunes from the Silk Road

    There's an old saying that families that play together stay together. The Chinese Moon Festival also celebrates family reunion as the round shape of a full moon symbolizes family gathering. On this particular day, family members in China and other Asian countries typically enjoy the fullness of the moon together. For those that are moon lovers, apart from admire it conventionally in the night sky, we are also able to appreciate it in many historical murals in China, more specifically in the Mogao Grottoes of Dunhuang. In this episode, we will bring you several musical works that were inspired by the spectacular Dunhuang murals, a rare gem in the world's history of Buddhist art.

    • 27 min
    She brings out the joy of music in me

    She brings out the joy of music in me

    Some say good teachers know how to bring out the best in their students. Famed Guzheng performer, educator and instrumental reformer Li Meng certainly fits that profile. In this episode, her student Miao Qing, who is now a performer with the China National Traditional Orchestra, shares with us some intriguing and memorable stories about how her mentor guided her to find the joy of music and to become a professional.

    • 36 min
    Eternal youth through music

    Eternal youth through music

    Qiao Yu, a household name in China, had a long career spanning seven decades in song and script writing. He wrote over 1,000 songs, some of which are still performed today and have gained popularity among audiences young and old. The master sadly passed away this year at the age of 95. Today, we will bring you several representative works of Qiao and listen to some audio commentaries recorded before the musical sensation passed away where he shared the story behind the music.

    • 21 min
    The appeal of film soundtracks

    The appeal of film soundtracks

    Can you think of a song that reminds you solely of a film that you've seen? These soundtrack songs have the remarkable ability to enhance the story, encapsulate the characters' feelings, and bring viewers into a different world and time. In this episode, we will get up-close with celebrated Guzheng instrumentalist Huang Baoqi. The zither performer will share with us her covers to remarkable film soundtracks.

    • 28 min

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