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Tan Dun: Concerto for Orchestra; Symphonic Poem of 3 Notes; Orchestral Theatre I, "Xun"

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> Concerto for Orchestra (after Marco Polo) - I. Light of Timespace
> Concerto for Orchestra (after Marco Polo) - II. Scent of Bazaar
> Concerto for Orchestra (after Marco Polo) - III. The Raga of Desert
> Concerto for Orchestra (after Marco Polo) - IV. The Forbidden City

Album Summary

>Tan Dun : Symphonic Poem on Three Notes, for orchestra
>Tan Dun : Orchestral Theatre I
>Tan Dun : Concerto for Orchestra
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The multifaceted and multi-award winner Tan Dun has made an indelible mark on the world music scene with a creative repertoire that spans the boundaries of classical music. The Symphonic Poem on Three Notes describes an evolutionary arc from nature through industry and back to nature, the traditional orchestra augmented with a range of unorthodox sound sources such as wind, stones and car brake drums. The drama of Orchestral Theatre centers on memories of ritual from the composer's childhood, linking folk music styles to Western atonality, while the Concerto for Orchestra describes the exoticism of Marco Polo's geographical, musical and spiritual journeys. Tan Dun is a recipient of today's most prestigious honors including the Grammy Award, Academy Award and Musical America's Composer of The Year, and his music has been played throughout the world by leading orchestras, opera houses, international festivals, and on radio and television.

American Record Guide, March / April 2013
The program opens with Symphonic Poem on Three Notes (2012), written for Placido Domingo's birthday; the three notes are "A-BC" (for La-Si-Do, which sounds like Pla-ci-do). The piece functions somewhat like a chaconne with the three notes present in every brief phrase. Orchestral Theatre (1990) is a tone poem on Chinese shamanistic ritual and Hunan province atmosphere. The blending of modern Western and traditional Chinese musical values is typical of this composer, and this is a clear if somewhat hallucinatory example. The Concerto for Orchestra (2012), written for the Berlin Philharmonic, is actually another tone poem in four movements based on Tan's opera Marco Polo. Musically this is his familiar blending of Eastern and Western influences; in this work the events correspond to scenes of the opera. Notes by the composer. The Hong Kong Philharmonic is an excellent ensemble, and these are obviously authoritative performances.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall (02/27/2012-02/29/2012).



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>Tan Dun : Symphonic Poem on Three Notes, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Tan Dun
  • Ensemble: Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall (02/27/2012-02/29/2012)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 2012

>Tan Dun : Orchestral Theatre I :: Xun, for orchestra & orchestra members' voices
  • Conductor: Tan Dun
  • Notes: Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall (02/27/2012-02/29/2012)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1990

>Tan Dun : Concerto for Orchestra
  • Conductor: Tan Dun
  • Notes: Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall (02/27/2012-02/29/2012)
  • Running Time: 33 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2012