11 Songs, 1 Hour 2 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Tan Dun is one of those rare composers who brings together the language and aesthetics of East and West to forge a powerful musical language. Here, with the Oslo Philharmonic and the impressively assured Eldbjørg Hemsing, he oversees two of his violin concertos. “Fire Ritual,” written for Hemsing, is a memorial to victims of war and veers between writing of powerful lyricism and barely controlled anger. “Rhapsody & Fantasia” has a long history, evolving from an earlier concerto to its present form. Again, it is written wonderfully for the violin, its timeless message evoked with real beauty.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Tan Dun is one of those rare composers who brings together the language and aesthetics of East and West to forge a powerful musical language. Here, with the Oslo Philharmonic and the impressively assured Eldbjørg Hemsing, he oversees two of his violin concertos. “Fire Ritual,” written for Hemsing, is a memorial to victims of war and veers between writing of powerful lyricism and barely controlled anger. “Rhapsody & Fantasia” has a long history, evolving from an earlier concerto to its present form. Again, it is written wonderfully for the violin, its timeless message evoked with real beauty.

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