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Beating the Dragon Robe: A Traditional Peking Opera

Various Artists
Beating the Dragon Robe: A Traditional Peking Opera

Released in 1962, this record is a remarkable example of the aural component of the traditional Chinese art form known as Peking Opera or Beijing Opera. This opera, set in the midst of the Sung Dynasty, tells the story of a queen who is unjustly demonized and left for dead. In a true testament to the skill and power of the performers, the high level of emotional intensity is not in the least diminished for those that do not understand Chinese. Even with themes and emotions being easily accessible to the listener, liner notes include a synopsis of the play as well as the full script.