Vanessa-Mae

Classical Album, Vol. 2: China Girl

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The talent of the young violin virtuoso Vanessa-Mae is known the world over. She made her first CD at the age of 12 and took the world by storm. This CD is the second of her Classical Albums. She presents first quite surely the most-known Chinese violin concerto, the "Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto" by Chinese composers Ho Zhan Hao and Chen Kang, which is based on an old Chinese legend about two lovers and written somehow like a Chinese opera. The second piece is a fantasy written by Vanessa-Mae on Puccini's opera "Turandot" which follows the dramatic story of the opera. And the third piece is called "Happy Valley - The 1997 Re-unification Overture" for violin, orchestra, and chorus which Vanessa-Mae wrote, in collaboration with Andy Hill, for the 1997 re-unification of Hong Kong with China. This last piece has somewhat a pop character, yet the mixture of pop character, old Chinese songs, and virtuosistic violin playing is quite interesting. A great talent!

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