Listen: Tan Dun's 'Water Passion' from the Temple of Dendur

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Tuesday, November 03, 2015

One of the 17 illuminated bowls of water in Tan Dun's 'Water Passion' One of the 17 illuminated bowls of water in Tan Dun's "Water Passion" (Courtesy of the Artist)

On Nov. 14, Q2 Music presented a live webcast of Tan Dun's Water Passion, staged within the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Temple of Dendur and conducted by the composer himself. WNYC's John Schaefer hosted. 

Commissioned and composed in 2000 as part of the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart's "Passion 2000" project which also brought to life new passions by Osvaldo Golijov, Sofia Gubaidulina, and Wolfgang Rihm, Tan Dun's Water Passion was written as a response to Bach's revered St. Matthew Passion. The work calls for soprano, bass-baritone, violin, cello, three percussionists, two choruses (one of sopranos and altos, another of tenors and basses), and 17 transparent bowls of water, illuminated from below. 

Musicians included Elizabeth Keusch, soprano; Stephen Bryant, bass baritone; Alexandrina Boyanova, violin; Felix Fan, cello; Yuanlin Chen, keyboard and digital sampler; David Cossin, percussion; Ian Antonio, percussion; Michael Lipsey, percussion; Manhattan School of Music Chamber Choir, Kent Tritle, director and Ronnie Oliver, Jr., associate director.

Listen below to hear Tan Dun discuss his music, ideas for young composers and earliest musical memories. 

Engineers: Edward Haber (technical director), Irene Trudel (music mix), George Wellington, Kristin Mueller

Hosted by:

John Schaefer

Produced by:

Aaron Dalton

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