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Currently a Professor of violin at Royal Academy of Music, XUE Wei (pronounced shway way) has been described by Gramophone as “One of the outstanding violinist of our time”. He was a prizewinner at the 1981 Chinese National Violin Competition, the 1982 Carl Flesch International Violin Competition and the 1983 Japan International Violin Competition. XUE Wei moved to the UK in 1985 with the sponsorship of the then Lord Mayor of London, Midland Bank and Kleinwort Benson to study at the Guildhall School of Music with Yfrah Neaman.
Xue Wei explores a number of classical pieces by the likes of Schumann, Gluck, Paganini and Rachmaninov ,plays each one on a different violin manufactured in the Italian town of Cremona. Xue Wei begins in chronological order, commencing the set with Gluck-Kreisler's "Melody", performed on a 1629 vintage Amati violin.
"Butterfly Lovers' Violin Concerto" Track 1-8
Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64 Track 9-11
"Butterfly Lovers' Violin Concerto" is one of the most popular and most well known Chinese music works. Base on a Chinese legend about the tragic romance between two lovers, Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai, the legend is sometimes regarded as the Chinese equivalent to Romeo and Juliet. "Butterfly Lovers' Violin Concerto" was composed by Chinese composers He Zhanhao and Chen Gang in 1958. The piece has been the most musically symbolic retelling of the legend; at almost 30 minutes long, it is one of the classics of modern Chinese music.