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China West - Music for Three Guitars By Bach, Piazzolla, Tórroba etc.

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China West - Music for Three Guitars By Bach, Piazzolla, Tórroba etc.
China West - Music for Three Guitars By Bach, Piazzolla, Tórroba etc.


Legendary guitarist Manuel Barrueco and his protégés, the Beijing Guitar Duo, offer music, ranging from the baroque to the 21st century, demonstrating the guitar's unique ability to capture the many voices and moods of China and the Western World, in a stunning showcase of artistry and virtuosity.

The title 'China West' is borrowed from a work by Chinese composer Chen Yi. Her spectacular China West Suite - here transcribed by Manuel Barrueco - was inspired by folk songs of various Chinese ethnic groups. Another nod to China is 'The Enchanted Island', which guitarist/composer Sérgio Assad wrote for these artists, a piece inspired by the Chinatown in Havana, Cuba, one of the oldest and largest communities of Asians in Latin America.

From the West there is Barrueco's three-guitar transcription of Bach's Sonata No 6 in G, BWV 1019, originally for violin and cembalo, also incorporating the exquisite Prelude from the Violin Sonata, BWV 1023 arranged for solo guitar. 'Fuga y Misterio' and 'Revirado' by Argentinian tango legend Ástor Piazzolla and the charming miniature works 'Estampas' by Spanish composer Federico Moreno Tórroba add very different Western flavours.

The CD concludes with an attractive medley of music by Charlie Chaplin composed for his films. The selections arranged by Sérgio Assad come from 'A Dog's Life', 'Modern Times', 'Limelight', and in line with the Chinese and Western theme, an introduction from Chaplin's 'A Countess from Hong Kong'.

Personnel: Manuel Barrueco, Meng Su, Yameng Wang (guitar)


  1. Name
  2. J.S. Bach: Sonata No. 6 in G, BWV 1019, Allegro
  3. Largo
  4. Prelude (guitar solo) from Violin Sonata, BWV 1023
  5. Allegro (guitar duo)
  6. Adagio
  7. Allegro
  8. Federico Moreno Torroba: Estampas, Bailando un Fandango Charro
  9. Remanso
  10. La Siega
  11. Fiesta en el Pueblo
  12. Amanecer
  13. La Boda
  14. Camino del Molino
  15. Juegos Infantiles
  16. Astor Piazzolla: Fuga Y Misterio
  17. Astor Piazzolla: Revirado
  18. Chen Yi: China West Suite, Introduction
  19. Meng Songs
  20. Zang Songs
  21. Miao Dances
  22. Sergio Assad: The Enchanted Island
  23. Charlie Chaplin/Sergio Assad: Chaplin Medley
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