Evoking China

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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.

 

 

Playlist

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