As an opera singer born in China, I have enjoyed a 15-years career singing abroad. During this long period, I have experienced the highs and lows of traveling, singing, and simply surviving. Much of time I was on my own and was sometimes very lonely. Often I was overcome with acute nostalgia for the beautiful Chinese melodies that I remember from my childhood. I thought many times how much I would love to present them to the West. As a full time singer performing in Western operas in Europe and North America, I had little opportunity to work on sharing my native music with the world. But now that, between concerts, I am often back in China, I have had time to properly prepare this great music, to sift through songs and make good selections.
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van der Hul
B&W 803 diamond series
Bruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Rens Heijnis custom made
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(…) mit seiner weichen, gut durch alle Lagen geführten Stimme präsentiert Lingma Fan die eingängigen Melodische Lieder auf angenehme Weise.
Jingma Fan has plenty of colour contrasts in his voice to be able to conjure impressions of tenderness and passion, even when one can understand the words.
The SACD recording has plenty of extra acoustic information of Eindhoven’s concerthall. This is a location which proves as good for chamber music as for symphony orchestra however and the sound and balace are well up to Channel’s usual top quality.
“… there is pleasure to be had here. Fan states his intent to slenderize his operatic voice to make it more appropriate to the demands of the music. He does so to a degree but retains the lovely spinning legato inherent in his instrument. ”
American Record Guide
(…) more than just a novelty; it_s an effort to bridge the musical expressions of east and west. If you want to expand your cultural horizon, this is a good chance to do so
(…) Immerhin widmen Jingma und seine niederländischen Klavierbegleiterin Reinild Mees sich dem Dargeboten mit sympathischer Hingabe.
(…) The SACD recording has plenty of extra acoustic information from Eindhoven’s substantial Frits Philips concert hall. This is a location which proves as good for chamber music as for symphony orchestra however, and the sound and balance are well up to Challenge’s usual top quality. With full text and listings in Chinese characters, and Channel Classics’ “Channel of China” label variant it is clear that the company is targeting a growing market overseas. With this fine product as a calling card I’m sure they will do very well indeed
International Record Review
(…) Jingma Fan won the third Cardiff Singer of the World competition, and has since performed all over the world in numerous operatic roles. His is a secure and expressive tone, with a fairly tight and rapid; what the Dutch would call ‘strak’ vibrato. He has plenty of colour contrast in his voice to be able to conjure impressions of tenderness and passion, even when one can’t understand the words. As can be seen from the titles, the songs are mostly about nostalgia and romantic longings set in beautiful landscapes and countryside. Reinild Mees is a skilful and sensitive accompanist. (…)
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