Magical Flute of China

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4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0

COMPOSERS: Various
LABELS: Channel of China
ALBUM TITLE: Tang Jun Qiao
PERFORMER: Tang Jun Qiao (dizi) etc
CATALOGUE NO: CCS SA 80507

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Magical Flute of China aptly describes both the featured instrument and the exceptional performer. The sound of the dizi, a side-blown bamboo flute, is indeed pied piper-like, and Tang Jun Qiao deftly shows off the instrument’s broad repertoire and rich timbral palette.

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The ten tracks range from virtuosic arrangements of folksongs and traditional Chinese opera arias to a recently composed duet for dizi and piano. Most tracks she’s accompanied by a yang qin, the Chinese hammer dulcimer, but this often seems superfluous as Tang’s dizi is most alluring as a solo voice.