Tan Dun with Eldbjørg Hemsing and the Oslo Philharmonic
Tickets: 320 – 100 NOK
Symphony Poem on Three Notes
Rhapsody for violin and orchestra Fire Ritual (WP)
Rhapsody for violin and orchestra Out of Peking Opera
Passacaglia: Secret of Wind and Birds for cellphones and orchestra
Tan Dun – conductor
Eldbjørg Hemsing – violin
As China moves to centre stage as a global power and cultural influence, its arts and music are becoming increasingly visible. Ultima presents a portrait concert of four richly textured orchestral works by China’s most prominent and respected composer: Tan Dun. His Fire Ritual Rhapsody for Violin and Orchestra, which receives its world premiere in Oslo, already has a Norwegian connection: it was written for violinist Eldbjørg Hemsing, who will perform at this concert with the Oslo Philharmonic, conducted by Tan Dun in person.
Tan Dun is best known to Western audiences as the Oscar- and Grammy-winning composer of the soundtrack to Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000). His journey from his childhood in China’s rural Hunan province during the Cultural Revolution to become one of the world’s most celebrated and cutting-edge composers makes him a cultural migrant from the old China to the new.
Tan Dun connects China’s history with present day events and technologies. Fire Ritual was inspired by a visit to the Dunhuang prehistoric cave paintings. Passacaglia: Secret of Wind and Birds (2015) creates a chorus of digital birds by playing Chinese instruments through mobile phones. The programme also includes Symphonic Poem on Three Notes (2012) and Rhapsody Out of Peking Opera (1994).
The four pieces showcase a composer who is not interested in showing China to the rest of the world, but about introducing the rest of the world to China.
Produced by Oslo Philharmonic.
(Foto: Nana Watanabe)