Tuesday, April 9, 2013

TCO on 2009/04/25: Lu’s Magic Bow

Lu Siqing & Taipei Chinese Orchestra at the Zhongshan Hall delivered one marvelous night of violin concerto. The color of sounds of Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen & Carmen Fantasy accompanied by TCO is a little bit weird, but Lu is a really magic virtuoso, and this brand-new experience is not bad. “Abendlied eines Fischers” (or Fishers’ Nocturne) almost made A-Mao cry not only because Lu played well but also because it is the encore piece when he was a member of the Youth Band of China Youth Corps participating in WASBE 1997 conference in Schladming, Austria, and it made the other teams stand up and clap. By the way, looking forward to WASBE 2011 conference in Chiayi, Taiwan.

Hong Kong novelist Lilian Lee wrote: This is so-called love. Among 10 million people about, there would be only one couple of Liang Zhu could be transformed into a pair of butterflies. The others would not be turned into butterflies but moths, mosquitoes, cockroaches, flies, beetles......(XD). Love is not as beautiful as you imagine. Nevertheless, the most beautiful one is Butterfly Lovers' Violin Concerto. Compared with Western orchestra version, it is far more Chinese to accompany by a Chinese orchestra—is it wordy? Lu was expressing this love legend perfectly & touchingly. And, A-Mao cried because of the romantic but sad duet of “farewell for eighteen miles” played by solo violin, Zhu Yingtai, & Principle Gehu, Liang Shanbo. In the end, the audience went crazy! There were three encores: Saint-Saens’ Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Monti’s Csardas & one unknown solo piece. Bravo, bravo & bravo!

Zhongshan Hall in Taipei

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