Chen Gang http://wrti.org en Gil Shaham: violinist http://wrti.org/post/gil-shaham-violinist <p>Jill Pasternak speaks with the world-famous violinist about his recording of <em>The Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto</em>, an orchestral adaptation of a popular Chinese legend.</p> <p>Written in 1959 by composers Chen Gang and He Zhanhao while they were students at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, <em>The Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto </em>premiered in the same year featuring renowned violinist Yu Lina. Although instantly popular, the concerto was banned by the Communist regime during the Cultural Revolution and the composers were jailed.</p> <p>An operatic interpretation of <em>The Butterfly Lovers</em> will be performed in Beijing during the 2008 Olympic festivities.</p> Sat, 02 Aug 2008 14:16:00 +0000 Jill Pasternak 2002 at http://wrti.org Gil Shaham: violinist