Comprising siblings Bryan and Silvie Cheng, the cello-and-piano Cheng² Duo performs an original arrangement of the Chinese folksong Racing Horses/Sai Ma (赛马) by Huang Haihuai.

The work utilises plenty of techniques that paint a clear picture of horses galloping and whinnying, while replicating the sounds of an erhu, a traditional Chinese stringed instrument.

Racing Horses  features on Cheng²’s upcoming album Portrait, which features world-premiere recordings, with four commissioned works by Canadian/American contemporary composers alongside two original arrangements of Chinese folk songs. It will be released on the Centrediscs label on 27 October 2023.

Stay tuned for a future episode of The Strad Podcast, where Bryan and Silvie will share their experiences of playing together since childhood, what their chosen album repertoire means to them, as well as the thoughts behind the crazy shredding witnessed in the above video!

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