Silk Baroque (2019)

Traditional, Johann Sebastian Bach, Jean-Marie Leclair, Judith Steenbrink, Georg Philipp Telemann, Wu Wei, Antonio Vivaldi, Jean-Philippe Rameau

Wu Wei

Silk Baroque is a new DSD release that brings together Wu Wei and Holland Baroque. It features a program of Baroque Music with beautiful Sheng sounds. The music, composed by Purcell, Bach, Vivaldi, and Telemann along with traditional music from China, has been arranged by Holland Baroque's artistic team of Judith Steenbrink and Tineke Steenbrink. (Native DSD Music listeners will remember Judith and Tineke Steenbrink from the DSD Sampler "8 Ensembles in 1 Bit" on the Just Listen label.)

Speaking about this special collaboration, Wu Wei says, “Baroque music is like light. It touches you and attracts your attention whether you want it or not. You get caught in it and I mean both in positivity, and in nostalgia, and heartbreaking sorrow.”

Holland Baroque says "Wu Wei is a contemporary musician who comes from an ancient tradition. It’s no coincidence his Sheng case has a sticker on it that says: ‘Good things stay, new things arrive’.

Holland Baroque totally agrees with Wu Wei’s view of life. On the album Silk Baroque, ancient Chinese traditions are interwoven with baroque elements and improvisations. Old music does not exist; the music is only finished when you play it. We look forward to the new album with this incomparable sound virtuoso."

Silk Baroque is available today in Stereo and Multichannel DSD 64 at the Native DSD Music store. Save more by using the ST+MCH button when ordering both versions of the album at the store.

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Silk Baroque (2019)

Traditional, Johann Sebastian Bach, Jean-Marie Leclair, Judith Steenbrink, Georg Philipp Telemann, Wu Wei, Antonio Vivaldi, Jean-Philippe Rameau

Wu Wei

    Opus Classic

Wu Wei is one of today's most important Sheng players worldwide. Just like Holland Baroque, he is a guardian of ancient traditions and a sound innovator at the same time. Sometimes silky soft and sometimes mind-blowing energetic. By playing sounds from European Baroque and Ancient China, these top musicians pay tribute to today's Baroque music. The innovative lies in the combination of both elements: baroque music and an instrument that represents traditional Chinese folk music that is thousands of years old. Today this album relates to the way Holland Baroque deals with baroque music, and that is indeed different from normal. Tineke (violin) and Judith (keys) Steenbrink are the ambitious leaders of an ensemble that calls itself Holland Baroque, but that wants much more than just baroque. However, what they do not want is the sales baroque with which we are beaten to death in the elevator. They seek confrontation with other musical worlds that respect each other's integrity and thus arrive at a new sounding amalgam - innovative without changing your sound. They have already shown this in collaboration with jazz trumpeter Eric Vloeimans (album on Channel Classics available at NativeDSD). Here they introduce us to Wu Wei, virtuoso player of the three thousand year old Sheng. The Sheng is built according to the harmonica principle, with a kind of organ pipe to enhance the sound. The introduction of Wu Wei to the Steenbrink sisters has led to an album that dates back to the 1970s, a concept album.Such an album should preferably be listened to from start to finish, with transitions deliberately misty, but the attention is kept exciting from start to finish through wonderful combinations. The resounding result, in this case, is flying in all directions - from an arrangement of the Andante from the Sonata for Violin Solo BWV 1003 that gives purists shivers, to an Abendmusik on which Wu Wei wonderfully hovers on the Erhu (Chinese Violin), probably for connoisseurs of world music not to plum. Or what about Rameau's top hit Tristes Apprêts in a tearing arrangement for the sheng and humming soprano, opposite the Dancing Song of the Yao Tribe, where Wu Wei shows himself on the Bawu, a Chinese Flute. The power of this album is not in the parts but in the sum of it. Do not expect pure baroque music and authentic folk music, but enjoy the sophisticated arrangements that take the form of compositions. A tour de force of two Dutch musicians and one Chinese virtuoso. Beautifully recorded!

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Silk Baroque (2019)

Traditional, Johann Sebastian Bach, Jean-Marie Leclair, Judith Steenbrink, Georg Philipp Telemann, Wu Wei, Antonio Vivaldi, Jean-Philippe Rameau

Wu Wei

Executive Producers: Judith Steenbrink, Tineke Steenbrink (Holland Baroque) & Kate Rockett (Pentatone)
Producer: Carl Schuurbiers
Recording Engineer: Jean-Marie Geijsen
Recording Software: Pyramix, Merging Technologies

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What About Some Bells (After G.P. Telemann)
Judith Steenbrink
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Castor et Pollux, RCT 32 - Tristes apprets (Arr. J. Steenbrink and T. Steenbrink for Sheng and Chamb
Jean-Philippe Rameau
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Polonois chinois (After G.P. Telemann)
Judith Steenbrink
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Pferderennen (Arr. J. Steenbrink and T. Steenbrink for Sheng and Chamber Ensemble)
Traditional
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Trio Sonata in D Minor, Op. 1 No. 12, RV 63 'La follia' (Arr. J. Steenbrink and T. Steenbrink for Sh
Antonio Vivaldi
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Prelude for Prelude (After J.P. Rameau)
Judith Steenbrink
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Chaos for Wu Wei (After J.F. Rebel)
Judith Steenbrink
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Improvisation (For My Father)
Wu Wei
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Harlequinade (After G.P. Telemann)
Judith Steenbrink
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Sey tausenmahl willkommen, TWV 13.9a - I. Sinfonia (Arr. J. Steenbrink and T. Steenbrink for Sheng a
Georg Philipp Telemann
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Silk Rondeau (For Maite)
Judith Steenbrink
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Violin Sonata in G Major, Op. 1 No. 8 - III. Gavotte (Arr. J. Steenbrink and T. Steenbrink for Sheng
Jean-Marie Leclair
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Dancing Song of the Yao Tribe (Arr. J. Steenbrink and T. Steenbrink for Sheng and Chamber Ensemble)
Traditional
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Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Minor, BWV 1003 - III. Andante (Arr. J. Steenbrink and T. Steenbrink for Sh
Johann Sebastian Bach
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Abendmusik (Arr. J. Steenbrink and T. Steenbrink for Sheng and Chamber Ensemble)
Traditional
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