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Tan Dun: Pipa Concerto; Et Al / Bashmet, Wu Man, Et Al


Release Date: 03/11/2008 
Label:  Onyx   Catalog #: 4027   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Tan DunHikaru HayashiToru TakemitsuJosé Torres
Performer:  Wu ManYuri Bashmet
Conductor:  Yuri Bashmet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Soloists
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Takemitsu and Hayashi, both Japanese, absorbed European traditions so thoroughly (Takemitsu drawing on the French Impressionists, Hayashi on East-European figures) that one might not readily identify their origins, although once you sink into Nostalghia and Funeral Music from the film scores it is clear they are imbued with Japanese sensibility. The role of Tan Dun’s native Chinese culture is more dominant. In this concerto the solo part is written for the lute-like pipa, with an ancestry stretching back 2,000 years. Wu Man is probably its most celebrated exponent, well-known for working with Western composers such as Terry Riley. Whilst favourably disposed to Tan Dun’s music, I sometimes feel the nuts and bolts holding it together are too Read more obvious. This applies to several passages in this concerto. It’s colourful and full of incident, but the tracks by Takemitsu and Hayashi are more satisfying. Bashmet lingers lovingly over Takemitsu’s textures: Nostalghia is a good 20 per cent slower than I Fiamminghi/Werthen’s version on Telarc, but then Takemitsu’s attitude to tempo markings was notoriously subjective. The brief suite drawn from film cues is vibrant and atmospheric, and the rich, full sound of the Moscow Soloists is shown to particularly good effect here and in Elegia. For me Hayashi’s Concerto is a very welcome discovery.

-- Barry Witherden, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Pipa by Tan Dun
Performer:  Wu Man (Pipa)
Conductor:  Yuri Bashmet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Soloists
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1992 
2. Concerto-Elegia by Hikaru Hayashi
Performer:  Yuri Bashmet (Viola)
Conductor:  Yuri Bashmet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Soloists
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1995 
3. Nostalgia "In Memory of Andrei Tarkovsky" by Toru Takemitsu
Performer:  Yuri Bashmet (Violin)
Conductor:  Yuri Bashmet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Soloists
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987; Japan 
4. Black Rain: Funeral Music by Toru Takemitsu
Performer:  Yuri Bashmet (Violin)
Conductor:  Yuri Bashmet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Soloists
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1989 
5. Face of Another: Waltz by Toru Takemitsu
Performer:  Yuri Bashmet (Violin)
Conductor:  Yuri Bashmet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Soloists
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1966/1994; Japan 
6. Music of Training and Rest by José Torres
Performer:  Wu Man (Pipa)
Conductor:  Yuri Bashmet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Soloists

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