The long, languid melodic lines of Gershwin’s Summertime are beautifully coloured with delicate, translucent harmonic hues in this arrangement for guitar by one of Japan’s foremost composers, Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996).

Deepening the exploration of East meets West, Xuefei presents three Beatle’s songs: Michelle; Yesterday; Here, There & Everywhere. Takemitsu’s arrangements present these well-known melodies in new and interesting settings with delicately-voiced harmonies and some playful rhythmic shapes adding strokes of vivid colour.

A Song of Early Spring is a popular Japanese song composed by Akira Nakada (1996-1931). Takemitsu’s harmonic setting presents this beautiful melody in a charming yet contemporary way.

Finally from Xuefei’s homeland, a well known signature song of popular Chinese singer Li Jian (1974-) - Lake Baikal. Li Jian wrote this song of love and destiny, inspired by the local music whilst on a trip to the world’s deepest lake. This is the world-premier recording of this piece in an arrangement for solo guitar.


Release Date: 7th May 2021
Label: Apple Music
Format: EP, digital
Producer: Xuefei Yang
Recording engineer: Cao Meng
Location: Beijing Shibei Recording Studio, Beijing, China


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