Notes & Reviews:
Tan Dun's hypnotic three-movement 'Water Concerto' is intoxicating, both visually and aurally. Using water as a musical instrument, this extraordinary piece uses innovative techniques to explore the musicality of the sounds of water. Virtuoso percussionist and soloist David Cossin displays remarkable genius as he deftly creates unique, sensuous, organic and sometimes celestial sounds using a range of water-based instruments. Conducted by the composer, the distinctive accompaniment of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, reflecting Dun's personal combination of Chinese and Western musical traditions, is carefully interwoven and combined with the water percussion to produce a uniquely enchanting performance.
”In Water Concerto, the orchestral interaction with the soloists offers not only more substantial melodic interest in the dance episodes and fanfares, but also suggests a symbolic ecological storyline, with wind whispers and distant animal cries introduced by the bowed waterphone, bird sounds in the wind instruments and brass mouthpieces, waterfalls and rain implied by drips and dribbles, and an evocation of whale songs in the duet for dipped cymbals and solo cello. But both performances- and their accompanying documentary footage- are fascinating.”-Fanfare
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