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Yo-Yo Ma/Tan Dun: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Album Reviews:

Entertainment Weekly (10/12/01, p.43) - Ranked #83 in EW's "100 Best Movie Soundtracks"

Entertainment Weekly (1/19/01, pp.86-7) - "...An elegant and exciting body of East-West orchestral music...[This] evocative score defies cliches and gravity..." - Rating: B+

Album Notes

Original score composed by Tan Dun.

Music performed by The Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai National Orchestra, Shanghai Percussion Ensemble.

Engineers: Richard King, Lu Xiao Xing, Xu Gou Qin.

CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON won the 2002 Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack Album For A Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media.

This is not your typical martial arts film soundtrack, but then again, Ang Lee's epic CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON is not your typical martial arts film. Though it features the flying footwork of Michelle Yeo and Chow Yun Fat, the movie brings martial arts movie-making to a new level with its artistic cinematography and classic story line.

Modern classical composer Tan Dun, renowned for his forward-looking compositons, has crafted a soundtrack that incorporates traditional Asian motifs, atmospheric orchestral touches, and some decidedly modernist strokes. Dun is aided in his endeavor by cello virtuoso Yo-Yo Ma, who contributes poignant solos throughout the recording.


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