Old meets new

1. The opera, “An ever ending grief 夢断香銷四十年”  is a symphonic Cantonese operatic orchestra accompanied by the Guanzhou Symphony Orchestra 广州交响樂团伴奏 and was first staged in 2006 by the Guangzhou Cantonese Opera Troupe 广州粤剧团.

夢断香銷四十年 – 紀念陳冠卿粵劇交響詩2006年9月7日廣州星海音樂廳

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夢断香銷四十年(1)  https://youtu.be/uH9eOm06cTA

夢断香銷四十年(2) https://youtu.be/puapISXkGyM

夢断香銷四十年(3) https://youtu.be/BE3lMtw2_sA

夢断香銷四十年(4) https://youtu.be/PBoBqUZ4i_E

夢断香銷四十年(5) https://youtu.be/Syk6VivjkiA

夢断香銷四十年(6) https://youtu.be/EfZt1J_8AtY


2.  “Red Boat 花月影” was first staged by Guangzhou Cantonese Opera Troupe 广州粤剧团 in 2004. The opera background was set in the late 19th century during Qing Dynasty.  A Red Boat was the “floating base” of an opera troupe, in which the artists and members of the troupe lived on it.

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3.  白駒榮(白雪仙父親) 演唱, 广州交响樂团伴奏 “客途秋恨”。 大约錄音於1962年。A symphonic opera song about a lone traveller’s feeling was sung and recorded in the 1960s. One of the pinoeer performance styles in the modernization of Cantonese Opera by mainland Chinese artists.

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4. The modernization of Cantonese opera re-commenced in the 1980s after the chaotic erra of the Cultural Revolution bewteen 1967-1979. More symphonic opera songs which were sung by well known Mainland Chinese artists are being published/broadcasted.

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5.  Some of the CO artists in Hong Kong also begin the exploration of the possibility of CO  modernisation by working with the Hong Kong Chinese Symphony Ochestra 香港中樂团 in the late 1970s. Nevertheless, it appears that their hardwork only attracts a small number of  CO fans. The modernisation of CO stage performance progresses well in line with the affluence of the HK society in general. The stage decoration, lighting and costumes become more colourful and the accompanying music richer (see The Floral Princess 2008).

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