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Tan Dun: Pipa Concerto; et al / Bashmet, Wu Man, et al

Album Summary

>Tan Dun : Concerto for String Orchestra and Pipa
>Takemitsu, Toru : Nostalghia, for violin & strings
>Takemitsu, Toru : Jose Torres, film score
>Takemitsu, Toru : Black Rain, film score
>Takemitsu, Toru : Face of Another, film score
>Hayashi, Hikaru : Concerto for viola & strings ("Elegia")
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Through his multi-faceted talents and bold personality, Yuri Bashmet is recognized as a virtuoso violist, violinist, and champion of new music. Founder of the Moscow Soloists, here he leads the acclaimed chamber ensemble in their third Onyx project together. The well-filled disc features two first recordings and showcases Bashmet-the-triple-threat.

With his prolific inspiration, Robert Schumann, the archetypical romantic composer, touched upon all the musical genres of his time. This disc is their most enterprising so far, and features Bashmet as violist and violinist as well as director. Tan Dun is best-known for "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon". Takemitsu is Japan's best-known composer.

Gramophone Magazine
This is the first recording of ... Tan Dun's Pipa Concerto, and it's an absolute knockout. With strong, vigorous direction from Yuri Bashmet and some wonderfully extrovert playing from both the Moscow Strings and well known pipa exponent Wu Man, Tan's overt theatricality bursts forth like a rampant Chinese dragon. Bashmet is the soloist in both Nostalghia and Elegia, and it would be difficult to find a better advocate for these works.

Sunday Times
Tan Dun's four-movement Pipa Concerto...is, as one might expect, eclectic, vibrant, colourful and immediate; but, as with much of his work, the piece seems more theatrical effect than substance. Wu Man plays the pipa - a Chinese-style lute - beautifully. [In Hayashi's Viola Concerto] Yuri Bashmet gives the viola solo part with his usual powerfully rich tone, and he is equally good on the violin in Takemitsu's Nostalghia (1988), a meditative tribute to the film director Andrei Tarkovsky. The Moscow Soloists, superb throughout, also give three extracts from Takemitsu's large canon of film music.



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Works Details

>Tan Dun : Concerto for String Orchestra and Pipa
  • Performer: Wu Man (Pipa)
  • Notes: Schloss Neuhardenberg, Berlin, Germany (09/26/2007-09/28/2007)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1999

>Takemitsu, Toru : Nostalghia, for violin & strings
  • Performer: Yuri Bashmet (Violin)
  • Notes: Schloss Neuhardenberg, Berlin, Germany (09/26/2007-09/28/2007)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1987

>Takemitsu, Toru : Jose Torrés, film score :: Music of Training and Rest
  • Notes: Schloss Neuhardenberg, Berlin, Germany (09/26/2007-09/28/2007)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Takemitsu, Toru : Black Rain, film score :: Funeral Music
  • Notes: Schloss Neuhardenberg, Berlin, Germany (09/26/2007-09/28/2007)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1989

>Takemitsu, Toru : Face of Another, film score :: Waltz
  • Notes: Schloss Neuhardenberg, Berlin, Germany (09/26/2007-09/28/2007)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1966

>Hayashi, Hikaru : Concerto for viola & strings ("Elegia")
  • Performer: Yuri Bashmet (Viola)
  • Notes: Schloss Neuhardenberg, Berlin, Germany (09/26/2007-09/28/2007)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1995