Sojourn: The Very Best of Xuefei Yang

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Xuefei Yang has established herself as one of the world's leading classical guitarists, and even though her discography might seem too small to provide material for a greatest-hits collection, Sojourn: The Very Best of Xuefei Yang is an excellent introduction to her work. The album is organized in three categories, reflecting key aspects of her repertoire: five pieces by J.S. Bach, a pair of Chinese miniatures, and a block of Spanish classics and popular favorites, some of which are among the most beloved pieces composed for the instrument. Yang's manner of expression tends toward introspection and precise musicianship, so even though she is capable of playing flashy ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Xuefei Yang has established herself as one of the world's leading classical guitarists, and even though her discography might seem too small to provide material for a greatest-hits collection, Sojourn: The Very Best of Xuefei Yang is an excellent introduction to her work. The album is organized in three categories, reflecting key aspects of her repertoire: five pieces by J.S. Bach, a pair of Chinese miniatures, and a block of Spanish classics and popular favorites, some of which are among the most beloved pieces composed for the instrument. Yang's manner of expression tends toward introspection and precise musicianship, so even though she is capable of playing flashy pieces, she tends to favor the calm moods of Bach, as in "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring"; "Air on the G string"; and the "Prelude in C major" (backed in these chamber arrangements by the Elias String Quartet), and the poetic imagery of China in "The Butterfly Lovers" and "Plum Blossoms in the Snow." Even so, she provides some examples of her technical skills in Tárrega's "Variations on Carnival in Venice" and "Recuerdos de la Alhambra," Albéniz's "Tango," and Sainz de la Maza's "Zapateado," though these pieces also reveal the subtleties of Yang's playing, rather than surface virtuosity. The recording gives Yang great presence and clear sound, and the polished production of EMI and Warner Classics makes this an enjoyable album for quiet listening.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/12/2013
  • Label: Imports
  • UPC: 825646366217
  • Catalog Number: 1056697
  • Sales rank: 70,778

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Cantata No. 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben," BWV 147 (BC A174): Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, closing chorale - Johann Sebastian Bach & Xuefei Yang (3:34)
  2. 2 Concerto for harpsichord, strings & continuo No. 2 in E major, BWV 1053: Siciliano - Johann Sebastian Bach & Xuefei Yang (5:11)
  3. 3 Bist du bei mir, aria arranged for voice & continuo (after Gottfried Stölzel), BWV 508 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Xuefei Yang (2:37)
  4. 4 Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: 2. Air ("Air on a G string") - Johann Sebastian Bach & Anthony Ng (4:02)
  5. 5 Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard No. 1 in C major (WTC I/1), BWV 846 (BC L80): Prelude in C, BWV 846 (Transcribed in A) - Johann Sebastian Bach & Anthony Ng (2:22)
  6. 6 Plum Blossoms in the Snow - Tse Huang & Huang Zi (2:10)
  7. 7 Recuerdos de la Alhambra, for guitar - Francisco Tárrega & Xuefei Yang (3:54)
  8. 8 Spring Breeze, for guitar - Yu-Xian Deng / Lin-Qiu Li & Xuefei Yang (3:56)
  9. 9 España, album leaves (6) for piano, Op. 165, B. 37: Tango - Isaac Albéniz & Eiji Oue (2:57)
  10. 10 Concierto de Aranjuez, for guitar & orchestra: 2. Adagio - Joaquín Rodrigo & Eiji Oue (11:11)
  11. 11 Zapateado for guitar - Regino Sainz de la Maza & Xuefei Yang (2:27)
  12. 12 Serenata española for piano in F major - Joaquin Malats & Xuefei Yang (4:15)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Xuefei Yang Primary Artist
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