Tan Dun
Out of Peking Opera
Death and Fire
Orchestral Theatre II: Re

Cho-Liang Lin, violin
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Muhai Tang, conductor
Kalevi Olli, bass
Kari Kropsu, assistant conductor



Booklet with liner notes in English, German, French and Finnish


January 1998

Catalogue No.:
ODE 864-2


Track listing

CD 64:32
Tan Dun (1957-)
1 Out of Peking Opera, for solo violin and orchestra 17:43
Death and Fire - Dialogue with Paul Klee 27:34
2 I. Portrait 2:53
3 --Insert 1: Animals at Full Moon 3:18
4 --Insert 2: Senicio 1:56
5 --Insert 3: Ad Parnasum 2:27
6 II. Self Portrait 7:17
7 --Insert 4: Twittering Machine 1:06
8 --Insert 5: Earth Witches 1:02
9 --Insert 6: Intoxication 2:18
10 --Insert 7: J.S. Bach 1:43
11 III. Death and Fire 3:35
12 Orchestral Theatre II: Re, for divided orchestra, bass voice and audience with two conductors 18:55

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Press review

With the remarkable Choi-Liang Lin as soloist rediscovering in Dun's imitations of the traditional Chinese fiddle the Taiwanese heritage he himself left behind as a child, this performance has an intensity and magic that stays in the mind long after it is over.
Gramophone, September 1998

Es sind spannungsreiche, ja fesselnde Interpretationen, die auf dieser CD zu hören sind.
Martin Demmler, Fono Forum, July 2008, Interpretation***** / Klang****

This is probably one of the most remarkable productions of contemporary music of the year.

Benjamin G. Cohrs,, June 1998

Un disque idéal pour découvrir l'univers de Tan Dun.
Patrick Wiklacz, Diapason, May 1998, *****

Complete description

This CD contains three works by Chinese composer Tan Dun, performed by the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Muhai Tang. The première recording of the one-movement piece for violin and orchestra "Out of Peking Opera" (1987, rev. 1994) features Choi-Liang Lin as soloist. Death and Fire (1983, rev. 1992) is Tan Dun's artistic response to Paul Klee exhibition at New York's Museum of Modern Art - a dialogue between composer and painter. Orchestral Theatre II: Re (1992) for a divided orchestra, bass voice, and audience with two conductors, employs the orchestra and audience members as joint participants in the performance with the inclusion of singing, movement, and the playing of ancient Chinese instruments.