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Xuefei Yang

Guitar Favourites

Decca Classics
Release Date: November 25, 2022

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Xuefei Yang - Recuerdos de la Alhambra - Francisco Tárrega
Xuefei Yang Press interview in HK
1 Albéniz: Asturias (Leyenda) 06:12  
2 Tárrega: Recuerdos de la Alhambra 04:37  
3 Rodrigo: No. 1, Fandango 04:10  
4 Tárrega: Capricho Árabe 05:15  
5 Sor: Variations an a Theme by Mozart, Op. 9: Introduzione. Andante largo 01:42  
6 Tema. Andante moderato 01:13  
7 Variazione 2. Minore 01:48  
8 Variazione 3 01:14  
9 Variazione 3 00:45  
10 Variazione 5. Più mosso 01:32  
11 Williams: When The Birds Return 03:46  
12 Lauro: Vals Venezolano: No. 3 'Natalia' 01:47  
13 Barrios Mangoré: La Catedral: 1. Preludio (Saudade) 03:14  
14 Andante religioso 01:50  
15 Allegro solemne 03:07  
16 Villa-Lobos: 5 Preludes, W419: Prelude No. 1 04:48  
17 Barrios Mangoré: Danza Paraguaya 01:56  
18 Julia Florida 04:28  
19 Maxixe 02:51  
20 Yang: Xinjiang Fantasy 05:16  
21 Traditional: Danny Boy 03:32  
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Classical guitarist Xuefei Yang announces the release of Guitar Favourites, her next album by UMG China on the Decca label. The album represents Xuefei’s unlikely journey to become the finest Chinese guitarist on the world stage through a collection of much-loved tracks known to classical guitar lovers around the world. Xuefei has put together a personal selection of pieces showcasing her musical journey, including pieces she played as a young girl through to audience favourites she’s performed countless times on stage over the years. The album also features Xuefei’s first composition, Xinjiang Fantasy, a work based on traditional folksongs from the Xinjiang region in north-west China, and the world premiere recording of a piece by guitarist John C. Williams.

The album is the product, as well as the embodiment, of an unlikely, pioneering musical journey: from humble beginnings in a culture with no guitar tradition, Xuefei gave up a normal education at a highly regarded school to become the first ever guitar student to enter a music school in China.

As the first Chinese student to be awarded a scholarship from ABRSM, Xuefei went on to become the first Chinese guitarist to study at London’s Royal Academy of Music, and the first to launch a professional career on the world stage.

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