Episode #3360

Reflections of China

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Plum blossoms in Nanjing, China. (Wang Leon/flickr)

For this New Sounds, listen to music inspired by the image of the plum blossom, China, or variations on the plum blossom. Hear a surprising acoustic piece by Greek composer Vangelis, also known for scoring "Chariots of Fire," from a 30 year old recording, "China." Also, Grammy Award winning composer, reed virtuoso and jazz master Yusef Lateef takes on the piece with Chinese globular flute.


Plus, the whale/dolphin-like strainings of guitarist Dean Magraw, as he magnetizes a Fender on his version of “Plum Blossom.” And much more. 

PROGRAM #3360, Reflections of China (7/19/2012)                                                     





Wang Changyuan

Masters of Traditional Chinese Music

Plum Blossom-Three Variations [3:19]

China Record Corporation (2002)
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The Plum Blossom [2:39]

Universal Motown Records Polydor - #8136532
Available at, & iTunes

Hiroshi Taguchi, piano / Christopher Adler

A Forest of Verses

David Loeb : The Asian Madrigals, Book 7:  II. 3 Plum Blossoms [2:07]

Vienna Modern Masters 2054
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Dai Shuhong and Dai Wei

World Routes - On The Road

Plum Tree Blossom [8:13]

Nascent NASCE 001
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Yusef Lateef

Eastern Sounds

The Plum Blossom [4:55]

Prestige/OJC - #OJCCD-612-2
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Zhang Weilang

Plum Blossom Melody

Plum Blossom Melody, Three Variations [5:43]

China Record Corporation (1986)
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The Little Fete [3:05]

See above

John Manning

4 Corners: Tuba Music from around the world

Chi-Sun Chan: Guzheng Suite, Mvt II_ Plum Blossom Variations [5:16]

Summit Records 517
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Dean Magraw

Unseen Rain

Plum Blossom [5:44]

Candy Rat Records

Terry Riley

In C (1989)

David Mingyue Liang -  Music Of A Thousand Springs (1986), excerpt [5:14]

Celestial Harmonies 13026

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