THE BANQUET Soundtrack

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THE BANQUET

Music composed by Tan Dun
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Lang Lang
Shanghai Opera House Chorus
Shanghai Percussion Ensemble
Shanghai Symphony Orchestra
Tan Dun
Int. Release 11 Sep. 2006
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CD DDD 0289 477 6459 5 GH
Lang Lang stars as featured soloist in Tan Dun’s soundtrack for The Banquet


Track List

Tan Dun (1957 - )
The Banquet

Jane Zhang, Lang Lang, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Tan Dun, Gao Jian, Shanghai Opera House Chorus

Lang Lang, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Tan Dun, Gao Jian

Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Percussion Ensemble, Tan Dun, Gao Jian, Shanghai Opera House Chorus

Zhou Xun, Yuan Li, Tan Dun

Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Tan Dun, Gao Jian

Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Percussion Ensemble, Tan Dun, Gao Jian

Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Tan Dun, Gao Jian

Lang Lang, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Tan Dun, Gao Jian

Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Tan Dun, Gao Jian

Lang Lang, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Percussion Ensemble, Tan Dun, Gao Jian

Teng Ge Er, Lang Lang, Yuan Li, Tan Dun

Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Percussion Ensemble, Tan Dun, Gao Jian

Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Percussion Ensemble, Tan Dun, Gao Jian, Shanghai Opera House Chorus

Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Percussion Ensemble, Tan Dun, Gao Jian

Lang Lang, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Tan Dun, Gao Jian, Shanghai Opera House Chorus

Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Tan Dun, Gao Jian, Shanghai Opera House Chorus

Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Tan Dun, Gao Jian

Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Percussion Ensemble, Tan Dun, Gao Jian

Susan Botti, Lang Lang, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Tan Dun, Gao Jian, Shanghai Opera House Chorus

Total Playing Time 50:20

. . . the prevailing soft-focus mood is broken up with passages for piano and percussion, vividly recorded, with echoes of Stravinsky in his neo-classical vein. Dun saves his bonne bouche for the final reprise of the theme song, a fine peroration where he adds solo voice, percussion, string and a miniature trumpet figure to build an exciting and affirmative conclusion to this lavish retelling of the Hamlet story.

Tan Dun¿s score for The Banquet is a completely lovely score, every bit the equal to Feng¿s intricate visual tapestry. It serves the movie magnificently while also providing on CD one of the best scores of the year.

. . . Lang Lang extrae sonoridades más osadas e incluso desquiciantes, del teclado ["En el bosque de bambú", "Tras la máscara"]. Un disco hermoso, misterioso y salvaje.
Sung text for "Only for love" - track 1

ONLY FOR LOVE (THEME SONG)

Original Chinese lyrics by Fan Yue Yi
English translation by Carolyn Choa and Aventurina King

The whisper of a single verse
And loneliness spreads like a thorny bloom
The shimmer of a single dream
And my world is undone
The memory of a single touch
And your love stings with fresh poison
The fall of a single tear
And all conflict washes into a distant blur
I give you my heart with all that I am
Still you do not return
Silence the music, shatter the dream –
I shall fade quietly into
A shadow in the past
A shadow in the past ...


Sung text for "Longing in silence" - track 2

Longing in silence

Original Chinese lyrics by Sheng He Yu
English translation by Carolyn Choa

What hour of the night is this
Drifting down the River Qian
What hour of the day is this
Dreaming beside my prince
Too bashful to stare
A secret I cannot share
My heart fills with longing
To know you, dear prince
Trees live on mountains
And branches live on trees
My heart lives in your heart but
You do not see me...
You do not see me