This CD gives an overview of famous traditional Chinese pieces (mainly solo) for p'i-p'a (a four-stringed lute), ch'in (a seven-stringed table zither, without bridges), zheng (a table zither, with bridges, which can have 16, 21, or 23 strings), guanzi (an oboe), and xiao (an upright bamboo flute). These pieces were written sometime between 600 and 1600. For example, the first piece, "Le Guet-Apens" (the ambush), is a 1,000-year-old piece for p'i-p'a, created at a time when the p'i-p'a went through some transformation (its playing style became more virtuosic). The fifth piece is a duet for p'i-p'a and xiao. The last piece is for guanzi, accompanied by a lute and a few percussion instruments. This is an excellent CD for those who want to discover traditional Chinese music.
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AllMusic Review by Bruno Deschênes