Tan Dun: Water Passion After St Matthew
Label: Sony
Released: November 19, 2002

The work begins and ends with the sound of water. Tan goes beyond the traditional telling of the Passion by beginning with Christ's baptism and ending with an evocation of resurrection, suggesting, in the words of Ecclesiastes, "a time to love, a time of peace, a time to dance, a time of silence..." Water also serves as a powerful visual image. The stage is defined by seventeen transparent water bowls, lit from below. These form a large cross that separates the playing areas for the two choruses (one of sopranos and altos, one of tenors and basses), the two soloists (soprano, bass) and the two string players (violin, cello).

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