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  • Performer: Gipsy Kings, Tsidii Le Loka, London Voices
  • Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra, NChiCa
  • Conductor: Tan Dun
  • Composer: Tan Dun, Bob Marley
  • Audio CD (December 14, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Sony Classical
  • ASIN: B00003A9PT
  • Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #467,372 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10. Stones
11. Celebration
12. 2000 Passions

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Culver TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 6, 2006
Format: Audio CD
In 1999 the BBC commissioned Chinese composer Tan Dun to write music for the television special tracking the New Year 2000 through all twenty-four time zones. 2000 TODAY is a one-hour piece based on this soundtrack. It's the most vacuous and inane music this uneven composer has ever written.

2000 TODAY is called a "world symphony for the millennium". The music has two contrasting orchestras. One consists of Western classical instruments (BBC Concert Orchestra), a chorus (London Voices), and a soprano solo. The other (Tan Dun's own NChiCa group) uses traditional instruments from various indigenous cultures, such as the Australian didgeridoo, the Japanese ohdaiko drum and the Middle Eastern tar drum. And as is common in Tan Dun's music, stones and water as well serve to make music. The concept may seem interesting, but the result is ridiculous.The colourful local musical cultures of the world, each beautiful on their own, are mixed together into a bland stew that's as dull and lifeless as New Age music. There's not even much new material here, it's generally the same chant-like melodies as in his "Symphony 1997", which is even outright quoted here and there.

The disc is filled out with The Gipsy King, Ziggy Marley, and Tsidii Le Loka performing Bob Marley's "One Love". It's utterly inessential.

If you don't know Tan Dun's work but want to check it out, avoiding world-music crossover gimmickry can be difficult, since so much of his music is written for popular consumption. If you are looking for uncompromising art music, the WATER PASSION (on Sony) and the highly entertaining and thought-provoking THE MAP (a DVD on Deutsche Grammophon) are worth seeking out. This disc is only for those who want to collect everything he's written, though I doubt you'll actually want to listen to this more than once.
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7 of 15 people found the following review helpful By F. Behrens HALL OF FAME on December 14, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Melville advised that to write a mighty book, you need a mighty theme. Ditto for a mighty piece of music, where "theme" has a double meaning. Although the new millennium will not start until January 1, 2001 (since 2000 is the 100th year of this century and not the first of the next), a lot of Impatient Ones could not wait, and we are stuck with an incorrectly timed Big Event. As it turns out, the BBC is planning a monumental 27 hour telecast so greet the "new" millennium as it appears around the world's time zones; and Tan Dun was commissioned to compose the music. Now even Richard Rodgers, a far better composer, was stressed to the limit for all those hours of "Victory at Sea." So when I received the new Sony release, <2000 Today: a World Symphony for the Millennium> (SK 61529), I had no idea what to expect. The whole disc (it runs just short of an hour) starts with a sophomoric vocal called "One Love," that is supposed to be the "official anthem" of the broadcast" and that instantly had me wondering about how "monumental" this effort was going to be. What followed was a series of short pieces designed to "introduce continents and countries anticipating and preparing for the moment of the millennium's arrival" (to quote the press release). What I heard was a good deal of banging and twanging on "instruments ranging from banjo, electric guitar and penny whistles to erhu, koto, djembe, paiku and stones." At first the sound was different enough (though not too different for this composer) to catch one's attention; but the novelty quickly palled and I almost yearned for the soporific twiddle of Philip Glass.Read more ›
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