Weishan Liu | The Magnificent Bronze Gorge

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The Magnificent Bronze Gorge

by Weishan Liu

This recording captures the essence of traditional Chinese music - poetic, meditative, and stimulative
Genre: World: Asian
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2. Celebrating the Lantern Festival
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3. Dance of the Yi Tribe
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4. Song of the Returning Fishermen
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5. High Mountain Flowing Stream
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6. The Magnificent Bronze Gorge
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7. The Courtesan's Lament
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Weishan Liu is one of the world’s leading guzheng virtuosos. Her music is deeply expressive, and combines deep feelings, strength, heart, emotion, experience, and wisdom. She began training in the classical style of the guzheng from the age of eleven when the acclaimed guzheng master Cao Zheng (1920-1998) picked her as his student at the Shenyang Music Conservatory. She later also studied under Yan Li and Zhao Yuzhai.

Her breakthrough came at the 1974 Chinese national traditional music competition where, playing her original composition “The Magnificent Bronze Gorge,” she won first prizes in both the composition and performance categories. She went on to become the top guzheng soloist at the Central Song and Dance Ensemble of China, making recordings and performing and touring with them, as well as often performing for visiting heads of state.

Weishan moved to the United States in 1982 and continued performing her unique style of guzheng music. She has performed with the Chinese Orchestras of Berkeley and Los Angeles, as well as with the Bay Area Women’s Philharmonic Orchestra, the Palo Alto Philharmonic Orchestra, and she has performed composer Chen Yi’s modern compositions with the ensemble Earplay. She was a pioneer in the teaching of guzheng overseas. Over the past two decades she has trained well over a thousand students, many of whom have become professional performers and teachers themselves. She also founded the San Francisco Guzheng Music Society to promote the music of the guzheng and traditional Chinese music and culture. This organization conducts many community concerts and educational programs, including the big annual concert in San Francisco with a different theme every year, and it frequently invites Chinese and Western musicians to showcase their talents.

In 1988, Weishan made her first acclaimed solo guzheng recording, The Magnificent Bronze Gorge, featuring the title song, her signature composition. She also recorded an ensemble album with the Dun Huang Music Ensemble in 1994 titled High Moon. She made three more ensemble recordings in 1994 for the Wind Record Company: Masterpieces of Chinese Songs of the 30s, Masterpieces of Chinese Folksongs, and Masterpieces of Chinese Traditional Music. She has participated in other recordings as well. Weishan has also lent her expertise to recording soundtracks for films such as Thousand Pieces of Gold, Indiana Jones & the Temple of Doom, Dim Sum, Eat A Bowl of Tea, Five Chinese Brothers, The Round Eyes in the Twentieth Century, Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, and Motherland. In 2005, she recorded an arrangement of some of the Thousand Pieces of Gold themes with pianist George Winston for the album Cinema: A Windham Hill Collection.

Weishan’s popularity as a great guzheng performer has led to tours in the United States as well as more than 20 countries. She has recently started extensively recording her solo repertoire and new solo arrangements and compositions. Her new solo CD, Morning Bell, was released in April 2006.


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Alex

This is nothing you want in the backround
This music is so beautiful and interesting. It is nothing that you would want in the backround.
Sure, you could listen to it in the backround while eating dinner with friends, but the music is more then just elevator music. It is true art.

Jorge

Splendid!
This woman is quite a talent.
I love her playing and the instrument is so unique. It takes you into the heavens.
Weishan Liu is an outstanding artist.
I hope that all will recognize her achievements.
Classical Chinese music is one of the world's most beautiful artforms.
I think that the Chinese Gu Zheng is a rare and excessively soulful instrument. The aethetic value of this music is beyond what the cost would be to buy this album.

Mariesa-Lize Etienne

This is truly soulful, passionate music! Beautiful!
I do sense that Weishan has a very good artistic sense of what music should sound like. Her interruptations are emotive, and she is not just playing notes.
She is very unique in that sense, that she is not just playing notes or writing notes, but loving the music. That love comes forth. Thankyou Weishan.