Our China correspondent, Rudolph Tang, reports:
Hailed in the media as the “prettiest Chinese violinist”, Wen Wei has released her debut CD “Wen Wei” under Decca, a double CD pack including 14 pieces. The official Chinese press released recognized her as the “first Chinese violinist signed by Decca, joining the star-studded array of Decca violinists Leonidas Kavakos, Janine Jansen, Nicola Benedetti and Julia Fisher”.
It was strategically released in mainland China on December 26th, 2012, one day after the Christmas and several days before her nationwide tour with China Philharmonic Orchestra during the New Year’s occasion conducted by Long Yu. Ms Wen is one of the maestro’s favourite violinists.
Ms Wen was born in 1981 in Sichuan province, home to several leading Chinese instrumentalists like Yundi and Sa Chen. She fetched the third prize in the 9th Sibelius Violin Competition in 2005 and launched her concert career in China shortly afterwards. She was married to singer/songwriter and the love birds now live in Beijing. A professor, she is on the faculty of Sichuan Music Conservatory.
The release is not for sale outside mainland China, including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.
Other notable Chinese musicians exclusively signed by major labels but missing from the international catalogue are percussionist Li Biao, violinists Xue Wei, pianist Niu Niu and Beijing Symphony Orchestra (EMI China), tenor Dai Yuqiang (Universal Music-Decca), violinist Mengla Huang (Universal Music-DG).
CD1 Violin recital
1. Elgar: Salut d’Amour, Op. 12
2. Elgar: La Capricieuse, Op. 17
3. Jungmann: Longing for Home, Op. 117
4. Poldini: La Poupee Valsante
5. Ponce/Heifetz: Estrellita
6. Sarasate: Caprice Basque, Op. 24
7. Massenet: Meditation
8. Sarasate: Jota de Pablo, Op. 52
9. Faure: Apres un reve, Op. 17, No. 1
10. Kreisler: Caprice Viennois, Op. 2
11. Schumann: Traumerei
12. Lasser: Unwanted Blues
13. Lasser: Vocalise
14. Ernst: The Last Rose of Summer
CD2 Violin sonatas
Strauss: Violin Sonata in E flat major, Op. 18
1. Allegro, ma non troppo
2. Improvisation: Andante cantabile
3. Finale: Andante – Allegro
Ludwig Thuille: Violin Sonata