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Tan Dun: Bitter Love / Ying Huang, Et Al


Release Date: 08/17/1999 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 61658   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Tan Dun
Performer:  Chen YuanlinTan DunHuang YingLinqiang Xu,   ... 
Conductor:  Tan Dun
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Virtuoso SingersNChiCa Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This recording under the title "Bitter Love" is adapted from music that was composed for the opera "Peony Pavillion."
Selections recorded October 26-28 and November 10-11, 1998 and January 29,
1999 at The Hit Factory, Avatar Studios, and Sony Music Studios, New York
City.
Composer Tan Dun draws from his opera THE PEONY PAVILION for this dramatic musical piece, featuring soprano Ying Huang, pipa virtuoso Min Xiao-Fen and composer/improvisor/reed-player Joseph Celli. Sung in Chinese and English and performed with an array of both traditional Chinese and contemporary acoustic/electronic instrumentation, BITTER LOVE runs an amazing gamut of styles and moods. "I Once Dreamed" juxtaposes a Gregorian-like chorus, spare, punchy
Read more percussion and an eerily darting, defiant child-like voice to singularly powerful effect. "Gentle Showers" gently layers buzzing, hypnotic motifs from the pipa and percussion, a march-like cadence from a flute, splashes of color courtesy of a synthesizer and Huang's keening yet heartrendingly beautiful voice. This album ranges from moods soothing to provocative, utilizing the vocabularies of the Western classical (even the pre-classical) tradition as well as the rich tapestry of Chinese folk and classical, not excluding the more adventurous "rock" fusion forms. (Dead Can Dance and David Sylvian are but two examples of the latter.) BITTER LOVE is a splendid work that unpretentiously transcends musical boundaries. Read less

Works on This Recording

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Peony Pavilion: Bitter Love by Tan Dun
Performer:  Chen Yuanlin (Percussion), Chen Yuanlin (Water Gong), Tan Dun (Voice),
Huang Ying (Soprano), Linqiang Xu (Tenor), Steven Osgood (Voice),
Ian Tan (Voice), Min Xiao-Fen (Pipa), Wang Zhensheng (Percussion),
David Cossin (Percussion), Bruce Gremo (MIDI Horn), Bruce Gremo (Xun),
Bruce Gremo (Di), Joseph Celli (MIDI Horn), Joseph Celli (Piri),
Joseph Celli (Taeponso), Chen Yuanlin (Sampler)
Conductor:  Tan Dun
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Virtuoso Singers,  NChiCa Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 1998-99 
Length: 60 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: English 

Sound Samples

Against Time of Desire (Vocal)
I Once Dreamed (Vocal)
Moist With Sweat (Vocal)
NChiCA (Vocal)
Gentle Showers (Vocal)
How Sweet This Incense! (Vocal)
It is a Ghost! (Vocal)
Your Solemn Vow (Vocal)
Can It Be True (Vocal)
This is My Fear (Vocal)
To Come (Vocal)
At Peony Pavilion (Vocal)
Stir My Belt Ornamnets (Vocal)
Secrecy Departing (Vocal)

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Hauntingly Beautiful September 17, 2013 By Marilyn A. Hayward (Burbank, CA) See All My Reviews "I play this exceptional, creatively stimulating work in my studio. I am a painter. Tan Dun is gifted beyond words. The combo of the voices against the many tones from the instruments suspends you and in a sensual trance.Ying Huang holds you in her voice and never lets you go." Report Abuse
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