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Tan Dun: Marco Polo / Dun, Workman, Castle, Lundy [blu-ray]

Dun / Audi / Workman / Castle / Richardson / Lundy
Release Date: 06/30/2009 
Label:  Opus Arte   Catalog #: 7029  
Composer:  Tan Dun
Performer:  Charles WorkmanSarah CastleZhang JunStephen Richardson,   ... 
Conductor:  Tan Dun
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Chamber OrchestraCapella Amsterdam
Number of Discs: 1 
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REGIONS: All Regions
LENGTH: Approx 156 Mins
SOUND: 2.0 & 5.0 PCM

In ‘Marco Polo, an opera within an opera’, composer Tan Dun portrays the Venetian explorer’s travels to the Far East as a journey of both inner and physical discovery, a voyage depicting spiritual experiences as well as a geographical expedition. At the same time the work, on a libretto by Paul Griffiths, can be seen as a compositional adventure of the composer himself, unifying the various cultural worlds he occupies: a blend of Western avant garde and Oriental traditions. Pierre Audi’s mythical staging and Jean Kalman’s fabulous
Read more set design complement the composer’s own musical direction, forging the dazzlingly versatile soloists, the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and Capella Amsterdam to a stunning symbiosis of elements across time and space, a true testimony to cultures intertwined in globalisation.

Polo: Charles Workman
Marco: Sarah Castle
Kublai Khan: Stephen Richardson
Water: Nancy Allen Lundy
Shadow 1/Rustichello/Li Po: Zhang Jun
Shadow 2/Sheherazada/Mahler/Queen: Tania Kross
Shadow3/Dante/Shakespeare: Stephen Bryant
Chinese/Arabian dancer: Mu Na

Netherlands Chamber Orchestra
Cappella Amsterdam
Musical Director: Tan Dun
Stage Director: Pierre Audi

Recorded live at Het Muziektheater, Amsterdam, on 13th and 18th November 2008.

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Cast gallery.
Documentary: The Music of Tomorrow – including interviews with the creative team and principle cast members.

‘Tan Dun’s Marco Polo was, for me, a multi-dimensional experience which went beyond my expectations and indeed overwhelmed my senses… Here was an opera of our generation: a fusion of elements across time and space, a true testimony to the way our worlds have become intertwined in the globalisation process.’
Anne Ku, Bonjournal.com
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Works on This Recording

Marco Polo by Tan Dun
Performer:  Charles Workman (Baritone), Sarah Castle (Mezzo Soprano), Zhang Jun (Voice),
Stephen Richardson (Bass), Nancy Allen Lundy (Soprano), Tania Kross (Voice),
Stephen Bryant (Bass)
Conductor:  Tan Dun
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Chamber Orchestra,  Capella Amsterdam
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1996 

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