Wu Suhua

China: The Art of the Erhu Fiddle

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The erhu is a fiddle that came to China in the 11th century from Central Asia. Made of two metal strings and an octagonal resonance chamber covered with snake skin, the bow is placed between the two strings, which gives the instrument a very mellow sonority that is perfect for playing age-old Chinese melodies (although there exists other and quite different versions of the erhu). Besides the di-tzi (a transverse bamboo flute) and the pipa (a lute), the erhu is one of the most popular and known Chinese instruments. Although considered for a long time a low-class instrument, in the 20th century it gained respect and popularity. On this CD listeners will hear Wu Suhua, a well-respected erhu player who has resided in France since 1989. She performs arrangements of traditional pieces as well as original pieces from Chinese composers and erhu players. An exquisite instrument performed by a graceful musician.

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