Tchaikovsky’s violin concerto played on a Chinese Erhu sounds devastatingly lyrical

Tchaikovsky’s gorgeous violin concerto has long been one of the instrument’s greatest melodies. But it also works for other instruments…

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The Erhu is more commonly used for traditional Chinese music and only occasionally ventures into Western music - but this exception is utterly beautiful.

For some reason, the lyrical themes of Tchaikovsky’s classic violin concerto in D lend themselves perfectly to the wispy tones of the Erhu, as this excellent rendition proves:

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