Weishan Liu | Morning Bell

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Morning Bell

by Weishan Liu

Traditional Chinese music at its best. This album contains an excellent collection of guzheng classics as well as some modern compositions like "Morning Bell".
Genre: World: Asian
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2. Autumn Moon Over Serene Lake
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3. Parade of the Champion Scholar
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4. Embroidering the Golden Banner
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5. Emerging Lotus
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6. Little Birds
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7. Song of the Returning Fishermen
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8. Qin Rhapsody
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9. Three Variations On Plum Blossom
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10. Busy Weaving
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11. Lullaby
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12. Morning Bell
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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.


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F. Walters

She plays like a real pro............
I have been seaching for the obscure and the lovely. This music should be in the exquisite music catagory.
This is unadulterated beauty.
Its purity and loveliness transcends that which is spiritual, meditative and intelligent. Weishan Liu's album is true artwork.
I am grateful for the hard work that this musician has put into her music.
She deserves more the five stars.

Oliver

Exquisite
This is absolutely one of the most beautiful instruments I have ever heard.
She is tremendously gifted.

Harriet

I listen to this music everyday practically.
I love this music. It is relaxing, meditative, yet magical and interesting. It is definately better then those new agey album you can purchase in supermarkets. Weishan's album are real art.
Real heart.

M

I just received Weishan's 2 cds in the mail
I just listened to Weishan's two cds that came in the mail yesterday.
They are both excellent and better then the actual clips since I get to hear the full songs. These Cd's would be well worth buying for anyone who is a world music lover.
I am a world music lover. One piece even reminded me a little of Celtic music. It was very interesting....and astoundingly romantic and beautiful. Thankyou, Weishan

Blow you away


This woman is so tremendously gifted. She is innovative and has her own unique style.
Maybe she isn't touring alot right now, but she is extremely good at what she is doing. Too good to ignore and pass up. I stumbled upon this site and I was floored by her unusual sound.
She is a player with a soul, not just a technician. You can feel it.

mariesa lize etienne

She is the best Gu Zheng virtuoso I have heard yet.
I think she plays with such feeling! I can't wait to buy it.

feyenoord1908-2008

Good music that sounds great
I like what she's playing and how she plays this instrument very much. The recording is also very good. All this make's it easy to keep listening to her/this music. When you are looking for good chinese music, I can recommend this one. Not every cd offered on the internet sounds this good.