Exploring Chinese Orchestral Repertoire Series #52

Nai Chung KUAN: Lhasa Journey (Second Movement: Yarlung Zangbo River) Little Giant Chinese Chamber Orchestra / Chih-Sheng Chen / National Concert Hall, Taipei, Taiwan 2015.2.7.
“Lhasa,” meaning “Holy Land” and “Buddha Land” in Tibetan, is an ancient city with a history of over 1,300 years. Lhasa is also known as the “Sunshine City,” having 3005 hours of sunshine each year. Under the bright blue sky, these golden ancient temples contain collections of rare treasures from the East that are over a thousand years old. Situated on top of the world, this holy land is a splendid gem, and a mesmerizing mystery.
“Yarlung Zangbo River” is the largest river in Tibet and located south of Lhasa. It not only a source of nourishment for the people, but it is also the source of Tibetan culture. This movement paints a picture of crushing waves and magnificent rushing rivers singing, reflecting the passage of time.
(Translation: Shiyan Zhang / Edit: Patty Chan)