Playing time: 66'
Recording date: April 1990 (Shanghai)
Cao Guifen (b.c.1930) is the grand-daughter of the legendary Cao Zheng, and so a bearer of the Cao family style. Her recordings have been famous since 1963. Cao Zheng established the Henan school of zheng as a major school in China, and it remains so today. The style is rather more dramatic than others, based largely in the art of narrative verse. The instrument is also traditionally smaller than that for some other schools. This is part of the "Northern" school of zheng, together with Shangdong school.
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