CHINESE CHAMBER ENSEMBLE: Huaxia.
This is contemporary music written for traditional Chinese instruments, by 7 different composers, all of them Chinese. Just about everything on it is exceptional. Itís the best contemporary music collection Iíve heard for more than a decade. Perhaps thereís hope for some new life to be breathed into the tired western legacy coming from China. The instruments: di, chiba, quid, sanxian, pipa, zheng, erhu, zhonghu, yanquin and percussion; the aesthetic: C20 contemporary, an unbeatable combination. Just buy it.