Fire Ritual (WP) and concerto “Rhapsody and Fantasia”

September 19, 2018
7:00 pm
Oslo, Norway
Oslo Konserthus
Fire Ritual (WP) and concerto “Rhapsody and Fantasia”

Tan Dun with Eldbjørg Hemsing and the Oslo Philharmonic: World Premiere of “Fire Ritual” Rhapsody for Violin and Orchestra

Tan Dun:
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
Oslo Philharmonic

Nye fiolinverk av Tan Dun, skrevet for Eldbjørg Hemsing.

Den kinesiske komponisten Tan Dun ble kjent for et stort publikum etter at han vant både Oscar og Grammy for sin originalmusikk til Ang Lees film Snikende tiger, skjult drage. Hans reise fra en oppvekst i Hunan-provinsen i Kina under kulturrevolusjonen til å bli en av verdens mest anerkjente komponister er en fascinerende historie om tradisjon, fornyelse og kreativ kraft.

Verkene hans er ofte multimediale, kombinerer gjerne tradisjonell kinesisk kultur og instrumenter og spenner over et stort register, fra opera til kammermusikk, film og installasjon. Som dirigent har han blant annet gjestet orkestre som Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra og Los Angeles Philharmonic, for å nevne noen.

Eldbjørg Hemsing har bakgrunn både fra norsk folkemusikk og er solist med symfoniorkestre over hele verden. Hun har tidligere samarbeidet med Tan Dun ved flere anledninger, og kveldens nye fiolinverk er skrevet til henne.

Konserten arrangeres i samarbeid med Ultimafestivalen.

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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.

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