“最忆是杭州”惊艳世界 看看你错过了什么! | 'Hangzhou, A Living Poem'

CCTVNEWS CCTVNEWS 2016-09-05


人们都说“上有天堂,下有苏杭。”


每日只能“瘫”在北京办公室的小编,一直没机会去到杭州一睹“天堂”的美景。可是昨晚看了G20文艺晚会“最忆是杭州”之后,真的忍不住了,恨不得明天就请年假(老大我不是说认真的),立刻飞往杭州,去切身感受下这江南小城的美。


如果你也跟小编一样没办法马上飞到杭州去的话,那就跟我一起在这里,回忆一下那个西湖湖畔的绝美秋夜。


A traditional Chinese-style cultural performance, “Hangzhou, A Living Poem”, was staged alongside the dreamy West Lake in Hangzhou, in east China’s Zhejiang Province on Sunday night. The amazing overwater show was directed by famous Chinese director Zhang Yimou, who was also the director of Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.


The show consists of nine parts and impressed the world with the night’s landscape of Hangzhou, a city with a history spanning thousands of years.



A moving pipa solo
春江花月夜 | Moonlit Night on Spring River

“Moonlit Night on Spring River” is a pipa solo adapted from the acclaimed ancient musical masterpiece, “Xi Yang Xiao Gu”. The title is taken from a well-known poem in the Tang Dynasty, describing the beauty of a moonlit night in the region south of the Yangtze River.


The pipa(琵琶)is a four-stringed Chinese musical instrument, which has a wooden body with a varying number of frets ranging from 12 to 26.


Longjing Tea – Hangzhou’s specialty
采茶舞曲 | Picking Tea

With its melody based on a local Yue Opera aria, “Picking Tea” is a popular Hangzhou local ballad, which paints a picture of laughing girls gathering the tea harvest.

A timeless tale – Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai
美丽的爱情传说 | Beautiful Love Stories

“Beautiful Love Stories” is based on “The Butterfly Lovers”, a Chinese legend of a love story between Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai. Their love story has been told in China for hundreds of years and is defined as one of China’s four great folktales, the others being “White Snake”(白蛇传), “Lady Meng Jiang”(孟姜女) and “The Cowherd and the Weaving Maid”.(牛郎织女)


Zhu Yintai is deeply in love with her classmate, Liang Shanbo who’s also very fond of Yingtai. Yet, he is oblivious to Yintai’s true feelings because she had to disguise herself as a boy in order to attend school. Now, after three years, the time has come for them to part. Yingtai is leaving and Shanbo accompanies her as she walks beside the Qiantang River. Eventually, Shanbo discovers Yingtai’s true identity. 



Chinese ancient music – a journey through time

高山流水 | High Mountains, Flowing Water

“High Mountains, Flowing Water” is one of China’s best-loved pieces of ancient music. The melody which dates from the Spring and Autumn Period (770-476BC) is credited to the legendary guqin master, Yu Boya, who is said to have been inspired by Zhong Ziqi, a rustic woodsman.



In this arrangement, a dialogue takes place between a guqin, a Chinese drum, and cello. The lyrics convey the friendly wishes of the Chinese people towards those in the rest of the world.


Waltzing on water – a ballet on West Lake
天鹅湖 | Excerpt from Swan Lake

“Swan Lake” is a ballet composed by Russian composr Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in the 1870s. For his production, Zhang Yimou moved the ballet stage overwater and displayed a unique aquatic ballet show.



Autumn’s moonlight in Hangzhou

月光 | Clair de Lune

“Clair de Lune” is French for “Moonlight”. It is composed by Claude Debussy and the most famous movements of Suite bergamasque, one of the Debussy’s piano suites.


Young and old come together to celebrate China

我和我的祖国 |  My Motherland and I

Famous Chinese operatic baritone, Liao Changyong, together with eight-year-old pupil, Xu Ziqi sang “My Motherland and I” to express their love of their country.


A Chinese classic – “Jasmine Flower”

难忘茉莉花 | Unforgettable Jasmine Flower

“Unforgettable Jasmine Flower”, previously “Jasmine Flower” was specially designed for G20. Chinese folk soprano and national class one performer Lei Jia sang for the G20 version.


A lavish water performance

欢乐颂 | Ode to Joy

“Ode to Joy” was composed by Ludwig van Beethoven in the 1820s and is one of the best-known works in classical music.



In the entire show, Xu Ziqi’s performance was most impressive to the audience. The eight-year-old girl was born in 2008 and is a second grader in Hangzhou.



Li Jun, Xu's mother, is a little surprised at the chance that came ‘so suddenly," she said.


There were three girls performing “My Motherland and I” with the backup of an orchestra. In the end, award-winning Chinese director Zhang Yimou selected Xu Zhou Yi, a music teacher at Xu’s school, was confident that her student will perform outstandingly.


"Xu Ziqi has a solid background in singing. I always ask her to demonstrate foreveryone during our music classes. Whenever we need a lead singer, Ziqi wasalways a compelling choice," said Zhou.


Did the “Hangzhou, A Living Peom” impress you? And what do you think was the most impressive part of the show? Tell us by commenting below.



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