Joshua Bell’s latest recording is an adaptation of the classic seven-movement Butterfly Lovers Concerto. In this video he performs the final Adagio Cantabile movement, accompanied by the Singapore Chinese Orchestra under conductor Tsung Yeh. 

Inspired by a romantic Chinese legend, the concerto was written in 1959 by Chen Gang and He Zhanhao. For this recording, Bell performed an adaptation of the work by Yang Hui Chang and Ku Lap-Man for an orchestra of traditional instruments. ’It was a joy to collaborate with the Singapore Chinese Orchestra musicians, who brought this work to life through the expressive sounds of the traditional Chinese instruments,’ he said. ‘The music beautifully describes the classic Butterfly Lovers story, featuring themes of romance, star-crossed lovers, and friendship.’

The recording also includes versions of Sarasate’s Ziguenerweisen, Saint-Saëns’s Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, and Massenet’s Méditation from Thaïs in distinctive arrangements for Chinese orchestra.


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