With concertmaster Li Baoshun presenting the canonical erhu concerto Red Plum Capriccio by Wu Houyuan, the orchestra pays a homage to an all-time classic. On the choice of repertoire, Li notes that although this piece is a familiar favourite with Chinese music aficionados, it is not often performed here in Singapore. The enduring appeal of this erhu classic is no doubt due to its succinctness in thematic material, beautiful melody, its range of emotional expression, and intense musical contrasts. Moreover, the concerto encapsulates a wide variety of influences from various Chinese folk-art genres, as well as a variety of erhu techniques, thereby remaining sophisticated in its artistry while garnering enduring popular appeal through the decades.

(from Affinity concert programme notes by Jon Lin Chua)

Q: What character or emotions does the piece "Red Plum Capriccio" convey?

Li Baoshun: "Red Plum Capriccio" is an erhu concerto written by renowned composer Wu Houyuan in 1980. It is based on the theme song “Praise of Red Plum" from the opera "Sister Jiang", reimagined and recreated. The piece expresses the appreciation for the noble virtue and optimistic spirit of the red plum, mirroring the qualities and spirits of the character “Sister Jiang”.

Q: When was your first encounter with this composition, and what were your initial impressions?

Li Baoshun: I first encountered this piece in 1981. At that time, it was one of the outstanding compositions for the erhu. Technically challenging yet imaginative, the pieces encompasses a wide spectrum of musical expressions—delicate, gentle, tragic and passionate.

Q: Was there a specific reason for choosing "Red Plum Capriccio"?

Li Baoshun: The decision to perform "Red Plum Capriccio" lies with its beautiful melodies and the fact that it's a classic erhu composition which many people are familiar with. Additionally, it also aligns with our season’s concept to pay tribute to classics, thus giving back to our audience.




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Q: 这个乐曲表达了怎么样的情感或塑造了什么样的人物形象?


Q: 第一次接触这首曲是什么时候、最初的感受是什么?

李宝顺: 我在1981年初次接触的这个作品。在当时也是二胡的创作作品里优秀作品之一。技术上非常具有挑战性,有创新;音乐的幅度也非常大,细腻、温柔、悲壮、充满激情!

Q: 选择《红梅随想曲》有什么特别的原因吗?

李宝顺: 之所以选择这首作品是因为它非常好听,是二胡的经典创作作品,很多人熟悉它,同时也是我们乐团"致敬经典"的一部份,回馈我们的广大观众!

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