2000 Today: A World Symphony for the Millennium

2000 Today: A World Symphony for the Millennium

by Tan Dun
     
 

Music has always been an essential part of celebration. Chinese-born composer Tan Dun has already proved himself a eloquent master of ceremonies with his SYMPHONY 1997, musically memorializing the return of Hong Kong to China. With 2000 TODAY, Tan has constructed another vast symphonic soundscape to commemorate…  See more details below

Overview

Music has always been an essential part of celebration. Chinese-born composer Tan Dun has already proved himself a eloquent master of ceremonies with his SYMPHONY 1997, musically memorializing the return of Hong Kong to China. With 2000 TODAY, Tan has constructed another vast symphonic soundscape to commemorate another great event of our time: the birth of a new millennium. Commissioned by an international consortium of television broadcasters, this work was transmitted over 55 networks at the stroke of midnight on January 1, 2000, starting first on the Pacific island of Tonga then continuing through all 24 of the earth's time zones. Subtitled "A World Symphony for the Millennium," 2000 TODAY is scored for full orchestra and chorus, plus an diverse ensemble of folk instruments from around the globe, including a huge battery of percussion, the Australian didgeridoo, Japanese shakuhachi, Chinese pipa, and Jewish klezmer clarinet. Propelled by the steady rhythmic tread of drums -- like the relentless march of time -- Tan Dun's music is tuneful and spirited. Drawing upon a panoply of sounds and styles, it's a tribute to the composer's craft how well this 11-movement, 47-minute symphony hangs together. From the uplifting opening chorus, "Beyond Light," to the ecstatic supplication of the closing "2000 Passions," Tan's music is lucid, dramatic, and stirring. A dynamic cover of Bob Marley's "One Love" by Ziggy Marley, Tsidii Le Loka, the Boys Choir of Harlem, and the Gypsy Kings makes a spicy appetizer for this international feast for the ears.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Huey
Composed and conducted by Tan Dun, 2000 Today: A World Symphony for the Millennium is a sweeping work blending the performing talents of the BBC Concert Orchestra, the London Voices, and the Harlem Boys Choir. In keeping with the global nature of the accompanying television special, a number of world music artists are featured as well, and acts like the Gipsy Kings and Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers join in on a closing performance of Bob Marley's "One Love."

Product Details

Release Date:
12/14/1999
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074646152928
catalogNumber:
61529

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tan Dun   Primary Artist,Conductor,Keyboards,Djembe,Tars,Paigus
Boys Choir of Harlem   Track Performer
BBC Concert Orchestra   Track Performer
Aston Barrett   Bass
Paul Guerguerian   Maracas,Steel Drums,Djembe,Hand Clapping,Tars,Brake Drums,Ohdaikos,Paigus
Scott Kuney   Guitar
Ziggy Marley   Track Performer
New London Children's Choir   Track Performer
Negrito Trasante   Timbales,Snare Drums
Evan Ziporyn   Clarinet
London Voices   Track Performer
Min Xiao-Fen   Banjo,Pipa
Dominique Droin   Keyboards
Wang Hong   Sheng,Bawu,Erhu
Susan Botti   Soprano
David Cossin   Maracas,Steel Drums,Djembe,Hand Clapping,Tars,Brake Drums,Ohdaikos,Paigus
Michael Lipsey   Maracas,Steel Drums,Djembe,Hand Clapping,Tars,Brake Drums,Ohdaikos,Paigus
Pacheco Jimenez   Percussion
Yuanlin Chen   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Dave Darlington   Engineer
Patrick Dillett   Engineer
Joe Galdo   Producer
Gerard Prevost   Producer
Paul Reyes   Contributor
Todd Whitelock   Engineer
Mark Wilder   Mastering
Ellen Fitton   Digital Editing
Roland Guillotel   Engineer
Andre Reyes   Contributor
Nicolás Reyes   Contributor
Jose Blanco   Engineer
Jim Janik   Engineer,Digital Editing
Grace Row   Producer
Paco Baliardo   Contributor
Charles Harbutt   Engineer
Laura Mitgang   Producer
Patchai Reyes   Contributor
Francois Canut Reyes   Contributor
Tonino Baliardo   Contributor
Tan Dun   Director,Programming,Producer
Brian Garten   Engineer
Wang Hong   Sona
Victor Mancusi   Digital Editing
Michael Lipsey   Contributor
Ronald Corp   Director
Yuanlin Chen   Programming
Terry Edwards   Director

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