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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:
Tan Dun

Performed by:
The Shanghai Symphony Orchestra

The Shanghai National Orchestra

The Shanghai Percussion Ensemble

Cello Solos by:
Yo-Yo Ma

Co-Produced by:
Steven Epstein
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Sony Classical
(November 14th, 2000)
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Regular U.S. release.
The score was the winner of an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, and a BAFTA Award, nominated as well for a Golden Globe. The song "A Love Before Time" was also nominated for an Academy Award and a Grammy Award.
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Buy it... if you seek a score that is truly authentic in its presentation of Eastern musical traditions and features just enough Western romanticism to create some crossover appeal.

Avoid it... if you're curious about the score simply because of the hype generated by its many fans and its Oscar win, for Tan Dun's largely sparse and repetitive work remains highly overrated.
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WRITTEN 12/18/00, REVISED 9/27/08
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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: (Tan Dun) Receiving critical and popular praise from nearly every corner of the globe after its wide release in late 2000, director Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon built up formidable momentum as the season of annual awards drew near, eventually striking Oscar gold. The film's premise involves two female warriors in 19th Century China, contemplating and acting upon love, honor, and sorrow. Rather than write the film off as a Chinese costume drama, it's important to understand the historical reasons for the film's intense fighting sequences. These scenes, showing the warriors making extraordinary physical leaps, were awkward at the time, though a better appreciation of the fantasy element has afforded Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (and its contemporaries) a better place in the history of films across the entire world's stage. Lee's films have always evoked a sharp artistic edge in their music, and his choices for composers in the past had included Patrick Doyle and Mychael Danna. For this project, he decided to employ one of China's most popular concert, classical, and opera composers, Tan Dun, who had also produced scores for a handful of American films at the time (though none of immense success). In the East, Dun had been in the news for the concert he composed and arranged by the name of "Symphony 1997," commemorating the return of control of Hong Kong to China. A collaborator on his past concert works (including "Symphony 1997"), cellist Yo-Yo Ma was a consistent performer for Dun, and most Western film score collectors recognized his name due to his haunting performances for John Williams' Seven Years in Tibet (also in 1997). Despite Dun's Academy Award win for this score, upsetting Hans Zimmer's far more popular Gladiator, the composer did not maintain the kind of career in mainstream film scoring that this early success had promised. Ma, on the other hand, would. Together, Ang Lee's all-around Chinese approach to his personnel, together with Dun's styles, created an ethnically precise Eastern score for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon that remains highly regarded today.

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Average: 3.43 Stars
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Mr. Clemmensen obviously has "Western Ears"
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I normally agree with Filmtracks but....................
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I think it's a great score.
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Filmtracks should listen to us!
Jon Kulpa - April 12, 2004, at 9:45 a.m.
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3 stars Good... I loveeee Night Fight
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Total Time: 50:13
• 1. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (3:24)
• 2. The Eternal Vow (3:01)
• 3. A Wedding Interrupted (2:16)
• 4. Night Flight (3:10)
• 5. Silk Road (3:08)
• 6. To the South (2:21)
• 7. Through the Bamboo Forest (4:23)
• 8. The Encounter (2:40)
• 9. Desert Capriccio (4:33)
• 10. In the Old Temple (3:46)
• 11. Yearning of the Sword (3:34)
• 12. Sorrow (4:02)
• 13. Farewell (2:25)
• 14. A Love Before Time (English) - performed by CoCo Lee (3:45)
• 15. A Love Before Time (Mandarin) - performed by CoCo Lee (3:38)

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The insert contains English lyrics for the song, but no extra information about the film or score.
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