Tan Dun: Marco Polo
Label: Sony
Released: October 7, 1997

Unusually for today's operas, Marco Polo has enjoyed several performances in other cities since its 1996 Munich premiere. This recording lets you hear why; it's a devastatingly powerful musical drama, the topic is mystically operatic and its score defies delineations between Eastern and Western soundscapes. The physical journey of Marco Polo is evoked with dramatic gesture - danger at sea, disorientation in a bazaar, love intrigue in a desert - but his spiritual journey-past, present and future - is as important and grows through the seasonal cycle and questioning characters.

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