Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Tan Dun: The Map

4.9 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

Additional DVD options Edition Discs
Price
New from Used from
DVD
(Sep 28, 2004)
"Please retry"
1
$100.00 $44.79

Unlimited Streaming with Amazon Prime
Unlimited Streaming with Amazon Prime Start your 30-day free trial to stream thousands of movies & TV shows included with Prime. Start your free trial

Special Features

None.

Product Details

  • Format: Classical, Color, NTSC
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Deutsche Grammophon
  • DVD Release Date: September 28, 2004
  • Run Time: 73 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002ZYEFU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #201,197 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

5 star
89%
4 star
11%
3 star
0%
2 star
0%
1 star
0%
See all 9 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

THE MAP is a DVD of a 2003 "multimedia event in rural China" organized by Chinese composer Tan Dun to present his East-meets-West work "The Map" to the simple peasants whose traditions inspired him. The piece is performed here by the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra with Anssi Karttunen on cello, and conducted by Tan Dun himself.

In 1981, Tan Dun briefly returned to his home region of Hunan and met there a man who made compelling music with simple stones. Eighteen years later he was comissioned by Boston Symphony Orchestra to write a new piece for that ensemble and the cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Thinking that he could find a place for the "stone man" in this work, Tan Dun went back to Hunan to record local musical traditions with his video camera. He discovered that sadly the stone man had died in the interim, but Tan Dun found a great musical richness in the area. Concerned that these other traditions would die out like the stone man's music, the composer decided to immortalize them by writing a work that would feature the video recordings of this music within the context of a Western symphony piece.

The work is in eight movements, each featuring a different aspect of the region's traditional music. The opening "Nuo (Ghost Dance and Cry-Singing" begins mournful and slow on strings, before the cello enters and establishes itself as the foundation of the work. As video of a dancing shaman is played, the strings begin repetitive motions with accompaniment on cymbals, and the cello occasionally cooperates with this dance and elsewhere breaks free. In the second half, the mournful tone returns as footage of "cry-singing", a stylised form of crying by old women over the forced marriage of their daughters, is presented.
Read more ›
Comment 30 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
While there are over 50 ethnic groups residing in China, one shall not simply focus on the Han culture. "The Map" is an interesting multi-media work featuring solo cello, full-scale orchestra and videotaped performances of local musicians in the province of Hunan (which is also the birthplace of Tan Dun). If you are interested in exploring some original, unaltered Chinese cultures, you may find this DVD appealing. Don't forget to watch the interview with Tan Dun!! :)
Comment 11 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
I am a rookie when it comes to the music of Tan Dun. I bought the DVD of "The Map" simply because it looked interesting. Wow! The mix of Chinese and European influences is wonderful. The piece is exciting to watch and to hear -- it sounds quite original. I have listened to samples of his previous work, and this new piece seems better (although, admittedly, this is a poor way to judge). It is filmed exquisitely. I highly recommend it. My only question is, where is the CD?
Comment 12 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Verified Purchase
I was totally taken by surprise by "The Map". It is a gigantic multimedia event, with a live orchestra and cellist but the performers have all been filmed-- and shown on gigantic screens-so you have the orchestra and the cello actually accompanying them.. But the real star is the Finnish cellist Anssi Kartunen, in a bravura performance unlike any other i have ever witnessed. Tan Dun came into my life with his magnificent "The Last Emperor", and I have already ordered "Marco Polo".
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
It may appear that I am biased on this review since I am a Chinese-American musician but the writing by Tan in The Map is genius and creativity at its finest. I was first introduced to Tan Dun's work by a composition instructor in an undergraduate theory class. This instructor also happened to be Tan's classmate back when they were both pursuing their doctorates' in composition at Columbia University and studied under Chou Wen-chung and Davidovsky and it is through Tan's work that I discovered a series of Chinese-American composers who fused such different cultures beautifully. In the interview with Tan in this DVD, the composer explained that he wrote a movement for solo cello and recorded voice. His intention behind this idea is to connect both vastly different cultures of the performers with the separation of time. I believe Tan explained that, although thousands of years may have passed and that they are of different ethnicity and of different locations, cellists can still play a duet with this young village girl. What an amazing way to view music.
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Forums



What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?