Chinese guitarist’s performance in London impresses audience


LONDON, Nov. 3 — Chinese guitarist Yang Xuefei’s solo concert at the Wigmore Hall here Sunday evening carried away the audience with a range of classic pieces of both Western and Chinese composers.
During the two-hour concert, she played pieces of Franz Schubert, Claude Debussy, Benjamin Britten and Manuel de Falla, among others.
She also presented the world premiere of Shuo Chang, which literally means “speaking and singing,” by Chinese composer Chen Yi.
Yang used guitar to play the role as in a monodrama, representing the singing, Sanxian, Pipa and drum in the style of traditional Chinese musical story-telling.
Audiences applauded so warmly that Yang returned twice for encore.
Guitar lover Arthur Koenig, who learned about the performance while listening to a BBC radio program last Friday, said “her technique is very good.”
Christopher, also a fan of guitar, and his wife were amazed, especially by the Chinese traditional music.
“It was very interesting,” said the husband, adding that Yang should play more new pieces like that.
“At first I was a bit worried if the audiences could understand the new piece,” Yang told Xinhua after the concert.
Although she has performed many times at the Wigmore Hall in the past ten years, the guitarist still felt honored to be playing in such a leading venue for chamber music in Europe. This time her repertoire was carefully chosen, with different styles of classic pieces.
“I also want to show the audiences in the West more Chinese music,” she said, wishing to “bring more Chinese music here.”[db:内容2]