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Yung-Chiao Wei Plays Brahms, Elgar, Yen and Tommasini

by Yung-Chiao Wei

Bassist Yung-chiao Wei performs her transcription of Elgar Cello Concerto, Brahms Cello Sonata in F, and new works from award winning composers Yen and Tommasini in order to bring color and imagination on the double bass.
Genre: Classical: Contemporary
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1. Cello Sonata No. 2 in F Major, Op. 99: I. Allegro vivace (Arr. by Yung-Chiao Wei)
Yung-Chiao Wei & Chao-I Chou
6:44 $1.29
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2. Cello Sonata No. 2 in F Major, Op. 99: II. Adagio affettuoso (Arr. by Yung-Chiao Wei)
Yung-Chiao Wei & Chao-I Chou
6:58 $1.29
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3. Cello Sonata No. 2 in F Major, Op. 99: III. Allegro passionato (Arr. by Yung-Chiao Wei)
Yung-Chiao Wei & Chao-I Chou
6:58 $1.29
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4. Cello Sonata No. 2 in F Major, Op. 99: IV. Allegro molto (Arr. by Yung-Chiao Wei)
Yung-Chiao Wei & Chao-I Chou
4:50 $1.29
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5. Cello Concerto in E Minor, Op. 85: I. Adagio - Moderato (Arr. by Yung-Chiao Wei)
Yung-Chiao Wei & Chao-I Chou
7:16 $1.29
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6. Cello Concerto in E Minor, Op. 85: II. Lento - Allegro molto (Arr. by Yung-Chiao Wei)
Yung-Chiao Wei & Chao-I Chou
4:24 $1.29
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7. Cello Concerto in E Minor, Op. 85: III. Adagio (Arr. by Yung-Chiao Wei)
Yung-Chiao Wei & Chao-I Chou
3:37 $1.29
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8. Cello Concerto in E Minor, Op. 85: IV. Allegro - Moderato - Allegro ma non troppo - Poco più lento - Adagio (Arr. by Yung-Chiao Wei)
Yung-Chiao Wei & Chao-I Chou
9:59 $1.29
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9. Parched Summer (For Double Bass and Piano)
Yung-Chiao Wei & Chao-I Chou
6:49 $1.29
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10. Towards the Wall (For Contrabass and Piano)
Yung-Chiao Wei & Chao-I Chou
4:04 $1.29
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11. Winter Visions (For Contrabass Quartet)
Yung-Chiao Wei, Min-Tzu Chao, Ju-Fang Liu & Yi-Jung Su
4:04 $1.29
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12. Spring Rounds (For Contrabass Quartet)
Yung-Chiao Wei, Min-Tzu Chao, Ju-Fang Liu & Yi-Jung Su
3:31 $1.29
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
“Bass Players with great technique and supreme artistry are non-existent. Well, there are a few exceptions: the legendary Gary Karr, of course, Eugene Levinson of the New York Philharmonic, and now Yung-Chiao Wei, a young, multi-talented female bassist from Taiwan” reads a recent New York Concert Review of Yung-Chiao Wei’s Carnegie Hall solo recital debut. Yung-Chiao Wei was also praised by The Miami Herald as "a two sided-talent - a competition winning pianist turned double bass virtuoso". Through her musical insight, breathtaking virtuosity and personality, Wei combines compelling, artistic performances on the double bass with a magical presence in stage.

Wei is the first female bassist to have performed a solo recital in the Carnegie Hall. Her Carnegie Hall debut garnered tremendous praise from New York Concert Review Inc. Critic Anthony Aibel, who cited “Wei is a phenomenon”. Her performance of Schubert’s Arpeggione Sonata in A minor elicited another mention of praise; Aible affirmed that “nuance on the double bass is hard to accomplish, but Wei plays with subtlety of dynamics, color and expression one seldom, if ever, hears on the bass”.

In this album, Yung-chiao Wei expands the double bass repertoire in both directions, to commission new works from award winning composers, and to transcribe masterworks written for other instruments that can connect and transform our inner being.

The first part of the CD contains Wei’s transcription of unrecorded masterworks: Brahms 2nd cello Sonata and Elgar Cello Concerto. Brahms 2nd Cello Sonata and Elgar Cello Concerto are masterworks that have supreme artistry and depth that can be expressed uniquely by the double bass. Prior to transcribing these two works, Wei has already added to the bass repertoire of her previous transcription of master works: the Chinese Violin Concerto “Butterfly Lovers”, the Brahms Cello Sonata in e minor, Chopin Cello Sonata, and Chopin Polonaise Brinlliante. The review of her previous album is to affirm her effort for transcribing master works. “The disc provides a searching examination of her formidable technique…she is uniquely gifted and brilliant exponent of the instrument.”-The Strad

Yen’s compositions have been performed by major orchestras including the Minnesota Orchestra and National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan. Her most recent composition will be performed by the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan in the Berlin Philharmonic Concert Hall in Berlin. Tommasini has been awarded top prizes including the Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and grants from the ASCAP Foundation’s Leonard Bernstein Fund, among others. He is the Associate Artistic Director of the internationally-acclaimed composers/performers workshop, The Intimacy of Creativity at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Pianist Chao-I Chou, who also recorded with Wei in her last album, was described by the Strad, “an excellent partner, there is plenty to admire in her technique and sound.” Formed by Yung-Chiao Wei in 2014, the Formosa Bass Quartet consists of 4 Taiwanese award winning bassists who hold leading positions in the U.S. and Taiwan. In this recording, Ju-fang Liu plays bass 1; Yi-jung Su, bass 2; Yung-Chiao Wei, bass 3; Min-Tzu Chao,  bass 4.

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