Liu Fang - internationally acclaimed virtuoso on Chinese lute pipa and Chinese zither guzheng               

Liu Fang
Discographies
Chinese pipa music, guzheng music and world music from the classical and folkloric traditions
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1. Solo albums

Chinese pipa music The soul of pipa, vol. 3
Pipa Music from Chinese folk roots
interpreted by Liu Fang

[Feature] Diversity of styles of different parts of China: This album contains 10 pieces of solo pipa music from traditional classical repertoire to the recent compositions that come to be considered as classical pieces. mail order Order on line
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Label: Philmultic, released on September 21, 2006

This Album features 10 pipa solo pieces performed by Liu Fang as part of the series - “Soul of pipa (1)” (2001) representing the most ancient classical repertoire for which composers remains anonyms, “Soul of pipa (2)” (2003) reflecting the time evolution of classical repertoire from the ancient traditions to the recent compositions, and the present volume stressing on the various folk roots from different parts of China.

Chinese traditional pipa music Chinese traditional guzheng music
Liu Fang, guzheng solo
Music for anti-stress relaxing and meditation, and suitable for Taiji practice. mail order Order on line
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Label: Philmultic, released on October 28, 2005

"... This is why listening to Liu Fang, true master of Chinese music, one experiences both pleasure and relief at the great music and poetry that she attains with her exquisite playing of the guzheng; through the beauty and lyrical expressiveness she attains, far from being confined to a dusty past, her personal interpretations lead to the discovery of a wide ranging diversity of melodies and sounds, while keeping faithful to a tradition that is thousands of years old." - Lucie Rault, Musée de l'Homme, Paris.



Chinese traditional pipa music The soul of pipa, vol. 2
Chinese Classical Pipa Music
from the ancient to the recent
interpreted by Liu Fang

[Feature] Time evolution of pipa repertoire: This album contains 8 pieces of solo pipa music from traditional classical repertoire to the recent compositions that come to be considered as classical pieces. mail order Order on line
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Label: Philmultic, released on February 6, 2003

"This CD is a veritable feast of alluring sounds, ranging from the eloquent and lyrical to the flamboyant and percussive. The varied soundscape produced by one player and one instrument is quite dazzling. Liu Fang’s masterly technique (e.g. tremolo, delicate harmonics, lyrical tunes, and boisterous percussive effects), as well as the music itself - which is based on short sections characterized by ever-changing tempos and dynamics - all evoke an improvised and exciting quality. ... Definitely a CD to enrich anyone’s musical palette and provide a sample of China’s rich musical heritage, ..."
- Annette Sanger, The WholeNote Magazine, April 3, 2003.



Chinese traditional pipa music The soul of pipa, vol. 1
Chinese Pipa Music from the Classical Tradition

interpreted by Liu Fang

[Feature] pure ancient classical tradition - This album contains 8 pieces of pipa solo from ancient classical repertoire. Information about the composers are unknown. Some are dated back to Tang Dynasty (618-907).mail order Order on line
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Label: Philmultic, released on October 24, 2001

"... a virtuoso player of the pipa (and no slouch on the guzheng zither), as ably displayed on this CD of time-worn compositions from back home. She shifts nimbly from sparse passages that allow the pipa’s sharp tones to blossom and breathe, to blistering runs that, in their density, would make flamenco masters weep.
- Rupert Bottenberg, Montreal Mirror, March 21, 2002.

 

Chinese traditional pipa music
Title: Chinese traditional pipa music

Performer: Liu Fang (piap solo)
Label: Oliver-sudden
mail order Order on line Year of release: 1997
[Note] This is Liu Fang's first solp album released in June 1997.

"... The way the basic themes are ornamented seem to reflect the structure of nature or -- as it would be called much later - fractal geometry, producing endless fascination. Out of Liu's fingers ooze serenity, precision and beauty. Highly recommended... " (More ...)

 

2. Duet and ensembles
Traditional, classical, contemporary and beyond

Along the Way - Duo pipa and violinr
Liu Fang (pipa) and Malcolm Goldstein (violin).
Label: Philmultic (Montreal, QC Canada)
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From Chinese traditional music to avant-garde freestyle improvisation, with two extraordinary artists of different cultures and even different generations - "There is nothing tentative or hesitant in these artists' explorations. Instead, there is grace, generosity and passion in abundance." (more ...)

 

Changes - Duo pipa and guitar
Liu Fang (pipa) and Michael O'Toole (guitar).
Label: Philmultic (Montreal, QC Canada)
Released: September 2008
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The combination of pipa and guitar gives an incredibly fresh perspective to existing masterpieces by a wide range of composers from Vivaldi to Piazzolla. In addition to this, the recording contains beautifully sensitive performances of new works by Ian Wilson and Toshiuki Haraoki, marking the duo's commitment to new music. The varied nature of the repertoire on the cd shows how successful this combination can be in the hands of two such talented performers.

 

Flute, guzheng and pipa: music for meditation and taiji Silk Sound (Le son de soie)
Liu Fang (pipa, guzheng), Alla (oud), Ballake Sissoko (Kora),
Henri Tournier (Bansuri).

Label: Accords Croises (Paris, France)
Distribution: Harmonia Mundi
Released on May 8, 2006
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"... a delicately embroidered album that reveals a remarkable cogency between instruments worlds apart..." - Mondomix, 2006.

"... Each dialogue produces an aesthetic giddiness comparable to that Buddhist paintings express. All project us beyond the feelings of anger, of joy or of pain, and bring us closer to a source of universal serenity." - Les Inrockuptibles, 2006

 

Flute, guzheng and pipa: music for meditation and taiji MEI HUA (Fleur de prunier)
Lise Daoust, flûte; Liu Fang, guzheng et pipa. Mélodies chinoises traditionnelles (à l’exception de «Greensleeves»). ATMA 2 2332

Les expériences sensorielles que procure la musique chinoise sont à la fois riches et fort diversifiées, et les différentes pièces de ce disque éveillent autant de mondes fabuleux à explorer. Lise Daoust, flûte; Liu Fang, pipa et guzheng. ( Music for anti-stress relaxing and meditation, and suitable for Taiji practice.)
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Label: ATMA classique, 2004

"... l’une des meilleures flûtistes que le Québec ait produite, ... s’adjoint ici une virtuose étoile de deux instruments à cordes de la tradition chinoise, ... Tantôt en solo, tantôt ensemble, elles égrènent des mélodies (bravo à la preneuse de son!) qui, non, ne sonnent pas toutes pareilles quand on se donne la peine de les écouter. Climat impressionniste et effet antistress garanti. Les variations sur «Greensleeves», ... sont ravissantes." [... one of the best flutists Quebec has produced, ... collaborates here with a virtuoso star of two string instruments of the Chinese tradition, ... Sometimes in solo, sometimes together, they deliver the melodies (bravo to the wonderful recording!) ... Impressionist atmosphere and antistress (relaxing) effect guaranteed. Variations on "Greensleeves", ... are ravissantes.] - L'actualité, 2004;



Arabic and Chinese music Arabic and Chinese Music
- A real crossover of two cultures

by Liu Fang (pipa and zheng) and Farhan Sabbagh (Al-ud and percussion)
This album contains 10 pieces of music compositions from both cultures, including some original compositions by Farhan Sabbagh. mail order Order on line
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Label: Philmultic, released in July 1, 2000

"... De la délicate poésie lyrique aux violents et dramatiques récits militaires, les musiciens ont offert hier aux festivaliers de place D'YouviUe une remontée dans le temps et un voyage ?travers des parfums d'Orient tantôt subtils, tantôt emplissant le lieu de riches effluves. ..."
- Parfums d'Orient: Liu Fang et Farhan Sabbaph, un délicieux croisement Chine-Syrie, par PIERRE-PAUL NOREAU, Le Soleil, DI 14 JULLIET 2000.



Pipa and Guzheng music

mail order Order on linePipa and Guzheng Music performed by Liu Fang & Ye Xuran
9 pieces from the traditional repertoire: 4 pipa solo, 1 guzheng solo, 1 piece arranged for pipa and guzheng duet,2 pieces arranged for pipa and Chinese orchestra, and one pipa duet, and one composed piece for pipa duet.
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Label: Philmultic, released in July 199

 

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