a 2012 Grammy hopeful."
© Sunday Morning Post
talking to Gail Wein about his music
in the 73rd Academy Awards
The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra is one of Asia’s leading orchestras. Enriching Hong Kong’s cultural life for over a century, the Orchestra has grown into a world–class ensemble of 90 players drawn from both China and overseas, performing under the artistic leadership of renowned conductors. Jaap van Zweden is its current Music Director, having succeeded Edo de Waart who held the position from 2004 to 2012.
Listen to the conclusion of Concerto for Orchestra:
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.
"When I was a child, growing up in the countryside of China’s Hunan province, the villagers, local band members and the village Shaman would always sing and play together. They combined their voices with the sounds of nature, such as water, stones and leaves. Their music was a blending of colours linking together ritual operatic performance and people chanting. The three pieces recorded here are all related to those distant musical memories of mine. In those memories, the sounds were never divided between the instruments and the sounds of nature – in my ear they were one. The pieces that you listen to here are firmly rooted in a traditional orchestral sound, but contain an interplay between experimental and ritualistic vocalizations and integrate the natural sounds of stones, air and leaves. This is where my experimental ideas meet the mystery of the rituals and village opera of my childhood, and where the industrial sounds of today meet my early countryside memories... I want to have avant–garde sonorities and outrageous music imageries meet my mystic philosophy and melt into the rice fields of my memory." – Tan Dun