Hong Kong Philharmonic, Tan Dun (conductor)
The multifaceted and multi-award winning 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 centres 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 Symphonic Poem on Three Notes, Orchestral Theatre, Concerto for Orchestra (after Marco Polo)
Running Time: 1 hr 5 min
'the splendid Hong Kong Philharmonic at its most assured. This is a vivid demonstration of true orchestral virtuosity, with Tan Dun's experimental effects superbly realised, and all captured in fulsome sound' (Gramophone Critic's Choice)
'This disc provides a welcome entree into the concert music of the composer who came to international attention with the score to the film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.' (The Whole Note)
'We can be sure we are hearing definitive performances with the composer conducting the fine Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra...The vivid sonics do justice to this unusual music. Thank you, Naxos!' (Classical CD Review)