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Tan Dun: 2000 Today - World Symphony For The Millenium

Release Date: 12/14/1999 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 61529   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Tan DunBob Marley
Performer:  Bruce GremoHong WangEvan ZiporynMichael Lipsey,   ... 
Conductor:  Tan Dun
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London VoicesNew London Children's ChoirNChiCa Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 52 Mins. 

Imported from : European Union   
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Just as the rising sun tracks a course around the world each morning, Tan Dun's '2000 Today: A World Symphony for the Millenium' describes an arc which cuts across time zones, continents, races and cultures. Written as a soundtrack for the PBS Y2K broadcast, the symphony is comprised of eleven movements, each an energetic mix of world musical styles. After the opening prelude of Bob Marley's "One Love" featuring the Boys Choir of Harlem and the Gypsy Kings, the journey begins in "Beyond Light" with a chorus singing an ascending raga-like scale underscored by the deep intonation of Tibetan monks and booming ohdaiku drums, soon to be joined by the strings and brass of the BBC Concert Orchestra in enthusiastic celebration.
Throughout the
Read more orbit of the piece this elevating scale will be heard, as inflected by gagaku orchestras or Jewish klezmerim in concert with a whirling array of instruments, many of which you might not know by name, such as the chinese fiddle called the erhu, the mandolin-like pipa and the double reed sona, along with the more familiar penny whistle and didgeridoo. In 'A World Symphony' all are lifted in joy and in one song, to mark the passing of one very special day. Read less

Works on This Recording

2000 Today - World Symphony for the Millenium by Tan Dun
Performer:  Bruce Gremo (Shakuhachi), Bruce Gremo (Didjeridu), Bruce Gremo (Pennywhistle),
Hong Wang (Bawu), Hong Wang (Erhu), Hong Wang (Sheng),
Evan Ziporyn (Clarinet), Michael Lipsey (Percussion), Hong Wang (Sona),
Min Xiao-Fen (Banjo), Min Xiao-Fen (Pipa), Scott Kuney (Guitar),
Susan Botti (Soprano), Chen Yuanlin (Keyboards), Tan Dun (Keyboard),
David Cossin (Percussion), Paul Guerguerian (Percussion)
Conductor:  Tan Dun
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Voices,  New London Children's Choir,  NChiCa Orchestra  ... 
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1999 
Length: 48 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Notes: Selections recorded at Right Track Recording Studios, New York City, on
September 1, 2, 17, 18 and 19, 1999 and Whitfield Street Studios, London, on September 6, 7 and 8, 1999.
The various percussion instruments include banzi, brake drum, claps,
djembes, maraca, mouth effects, ohdaikos, paigus, steel drums, stones,
tars, waterphone. 
One Love by Bob Marley
Performer:  Ziggy Marley (), Tsidii Le Loka (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harlem Boys Choir,  Gypsy Kings,  Melody Makers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Jamaica 
Length: 3 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Wendy Carlos
The Gipsy Kings feature: Nicholas Reyes, François "Canute" Reyes, Tonino Baliardo, Paco Baliardo, André Reyes, Patchai Reyes, Paul Reyes, George
The accompanying band features: Dominique Droin, keyboard; Pacheco Jiménez, percussion; Negrito Trassante, drums and timbales; Tan Dun, David
Cossin, Paul Guerguerian, Michael Lipsey, stones; djembe; paigu; tars.
Selections recorded at Right Track Recording, New York City on August 31,
1999; Sony Music Studios, New York City on September 27, 1999; Clinton Recording Studios, New York City on September 28, 1999; Studio Guillame Tell, Paris, France on October 10, 1999; Extreme Music, Miami, Florida on October 19, 1999; Sound on Sound Recording, New York City on November 1, 1999. 

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