The Song Of the Earth - Mahler, Ye XiaogangDeutsche Grammophon
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Centuries-old Chinese poetry is brought vividly to life in a new recording from Long Yu and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. Their second album for Deutsche Grammophon, The Song of the Earth, is set for international release on 09 July 2021. Recorded in Shanghai with soloists Michelle DeYoung, Brian Jagde, Liping Zhang and Shenyang, it pairs Gustav Mahler's symphonic song-cycle Das Lied von der Erde ("The Song of the Earth"), based on German translations of seven ancient Chinese poems, with the world premiere recording of Xiaogang Ye's settings of the same texts in the original Mandarin.
Long Yu is passionate both about breaking down barriers between different cultures and about promoting new music by contemporary composers from China and across the world. He has brought international orchestras and a wide range of western classical music to China, toured the West with Chinese orchestras, and commissioned dozens of works from composers as varied as Qigang Chen, Tan Dun, Philip Glass and Krzysztof Penderecki.
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