The text of the poems on the scroll reproduced here is by Liu Shang; the paintings are by an unknown artist. …
"These early Latin songs from the repertoire of some unknown 10th or 11th century Rhineland harper are drawn mainly from the Carmina Cantabrigiensis, the so-called ‘Cambridge Songs’. Varied and lively, they are a welcome addition to the discography of early music, and Sequentia are to be thanked for planning and executing such a challenging project. …Reconstruction of music composed before the birth of notation is always a hazardous task, but however true or not it may be to authenticity, this recital is a true delight. " ~Grammophone
The Queen of the Night offers her daughter Pamina to Tamino, but he has to bring her back from her father and priest Sarastro. She gives a magic flute to Tamino and magic bells to the bird hunter Papageno, who follows Tamino and wants to find a wife. The duo travels in a journey of love and knowledge.
Flautist Sharon Bezaly with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and Lan Shui here play the music of three composers who are all resident in the USA, but have their roots across the Pacific Ocean, in China. Philosophical, musical and literary aspects of this Chinese heritage are in evidence in the works recorded here.