Another excellent CD from King Records on music from China. This time we can hear music from two people: the Han (i.e., the Chinese) and the Uighur, a people living in the western province of Xinjiang. The Uighur used to be an independent. Over the centuries, they have been invaded and conquered on many occasions, especially from adjacent Arabic countries, which greatly influenced their music. Since around the middle of the 19th century, they have been a part of China. For the Uighur, music is an important aspect in their life. It is said that we can hear music all around and for all occasions. The first six pieces are Uighur: two are solo komuz pieces (a three-stringed lute), three are solo rewab pieces (a plucked string instrument), and the last is a folk song. It is followed by a Mongolian folk song and a Tatar folk song. The remaining five pieces are from different Han regions. These consist of solo pieces for gaohu (a two-stringed fiddle), erhu (a two-stringed fiddle), pipa (a four-stringed luth), a folk song, and a recently written song. An excellent CD with high quality musicians on their respective instruments. A piece of a collection.
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AllMusic Review by Bruno Deschênes