喻基金2014年收藏的「杜龐將軍」，是中國內地第一把斯特拉迪瓦里名琴，擁有重要的歷史文化價值與顯赫的傳承史。它因曾被拿破侖時期戰功卓著的皮埃爾·杜龐（Pierre Dupont）將軍所有，後被20世紀偉大的比利時小提琴家阿圖爾·格魯米奧（Arthur Grumiaux）使用7年而得名。1977年，隨美國航天局「旅行者探測器」發射到太空的金唱片中，代表人類音樂藝術成就作品之一的巴赫作品「Gavotte en Rondeaux」（回旋的嘉禾舞，來自E大調第3號無伴奏小提琴組曲），就是由格魯米奧以「杜龐將軍」演奏。2015年，喻基金將「杜龐將軍」無償借給德國小提琴演奏大師弗蘭克·彼得·齊默爾曼（Frank Peter Zimmermann）以助其渡過「失琴」難關的善舉，引起全球媒體及音樂界的廣泛關註和報導。
The violin solo album named ‘Encounters’ of Prof. Xie Nan, a renowned Chinese violinist and professor at the Central Conservatory of Music, has recently been released by China Record after three years’ preparation. All the pieces have been recorded with the 1727 ‘ex·General Dupont·Grumiaux’ Stradivari lent by the Yu Art Foundation – indeed a beautiful ‘encounter’ across space and time.
Cover of Prof. Xie Nan's album 'Encounters'
‘General Dupont’, the first Stradivari violin ever collected in mainland China, is a masterpiece of significant historical and cultural value and unusual provenance. It derives its name from its first known owner, General Pierre Dupont, an illustrious general of the Napoleonic period, and the greatest Belgian soloist Arthur Grumiaux who played the violin for seven years. In 1977, on the Golden Records carried by the Voyager spacecrafts sent to the outer space by NASA, Bach’s ‘Gavotte en rondeaux’ from the Partita No. 3 in E major for violin, as one of the pieces of music selected to represent the musical achievement of human beings on earth, was performed by Arthur Grumiaux with ‘General Dupont’. In 2015, the Yu Art Foundation lent “General Dupont” to the German maestro Frank Peter Zimmermann who had just lost his beloved violin to help him through the difficult time. This act of philanthropic kindness garnered wide attention in the world press and the music world.
Prof. Xie Nan and 'General Dupont' Stradivari
Since the first debut of ‘General Dupont’ in China at Mr. Sheng Zhongguo’s solo concert at the Forbidden City Concert Hall, Prof. Xie Nan has also performed on it a few times in her important concerts. This album of her features pieces by composers ranging from Bach and Leclair in the Baroque period to Kroll in modern America, making possible the fantastic and meaningful ‘encounters’ of the Italian masterpiece from nearly 300 years ago and the contemporary Chinese audiences.
During the recording process, Prof. Xie endeavoured to present the original timbre of the ‘General Dupont’ violin, without much amendment or processing of the tone in the later stage. In this way, it retains the truthful tone quality of this superb instrument and presents a sense of a live concert, and it could also expresses the fine details and the emotional delicacies of the soloist.
Reference: wechat shop of 'China Record' and wechat official account 'Zhiyue Classical Music'