In old movies, the great and ancient musical traditions of China were sometimes reduced to the sound of a big gong. But more recently, there are far more sophisticated and effective film scores that bring east and west together, blending Chinese and western instruments and traditions in colorful, exciting ways. On this week's Movies on the Radio, host David Garland presents movie music by Tan Dun, Lee Tzung Chen, and Wong Fei-hung, as well as Rachel Portman, Alexandre Desplat, and others, from films such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; The Joy Luck Club; The Banquet; and more.
Tan Dun - Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon - Main Title - Sony Classical
Tan Dun - The Banquet - trks 1, 2 - Deutsche Grammaphon
Tan Dun - Hero - Overture - Sony Classical
Christopher Gordon - Mao's Last Dancer - Family - Lakeshore
John Zorn - The Port of Last Resort - Shanghai - Tzadik
Jerry Goldsmith - The Sand Pebbles - Chinese Love Theme - Varese Sarabande
David Mansfield & Van Dyke Parks - Broken Trail - suite - Intrada
Thomas Newman - Red Corner - Main Title - Edel America
Alexandre Desplat - Lust, Caution - Nanjing Road (Ang Lee, piano) - Decca
Michael Galasso - In the Mood For Love - In the Mood For Love 1 - Omtown
Lee Tzung Chen - Farewell, My Concubine - Rock Records
Wong Fei-hung - Once Upon A Time In China - Main Title - Silva America
Lalo Schifrin - Enter The Dragon - Exhibition - Warner Bros.
Rachel Portman - The Joy Luck Club - The Story of the Swan, End Titles - Hollywood Records