Taiwan is a nation that treasures its musical classics. In this program, RTI gives you a weekly look into some aspect of Taiwan’s musical heritage—from traditional tunes and soaring symphonies to the golden oldies of decades past. Hear folk songs, works for Chinese orchestras, and of course, the old hits everyone here still knows how to belt out today.
Taiwan has produced many great singers through the years, but Teresa Teng stands well above the rest. If Taiwan had a music hall of fame, she’d probably have to have her own wing. For one thing, her popularity stretched well beyond Taiwan- from Japan to Malaysia- and even, clandestinely, into communist China. Then there was the length of her career and the variety of her output- covers in different languages, renditions of Taiwanese folk songs, and her own, great hits. She just kept going-- and her adoring public just couldn’t get enough of it. They still can’t today, even 25 years after her sudden death. Welcome to "Just the Classics”. This week, we’re looking back at Teng’s life and work while listening to a few of the songs she made famous....more