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Composed and Produced by:
Zhao Jiping

Conducted by:
Hu Bing Xu

Performed by:
China Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
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Teldec Classics
(March 24th, 2000)
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Limited international release, not initially found in many regular or online stores. It was mostly available through soundtrack specialty outlets.
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Buy it... if you are remotely curious about the career of the foremost Chinese film composer of the 1990's, because this compilation is an outstanding re-recording of selections from his best works of the period.

Avoid it... if you had no tolerance whatsoever for other blends of Oriental and Western instrumentation that you've heard in the past.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,294
WRITTEN 6/6/00, REVISED 7/20/08
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Electric Shadows: Film Music by Zhao Jiping: (Compilation) Just as John Williams dominated the Bronze and Digital Ages of film music in America, Zhao Jiping dominated what the Chinese call the "Fifth Generation" of their own history of cinema. Since Jiping began his film scoring career in the early 1980's, he has been highly regarded for his collaborations with directors Zhang Yimou and Chen Kaige, among others. During one period in the early 90's, Chinese cinema began to gain the fascination of American audiences, and Jiping's music accompanied three of the Academy Award nominees for "Best Foreign Film" during this time. Ironically, since many of the major films he scored explored the topic of feminism, neither the films nor his music were actually allowed to be released in the communist state of China. By the late 1990's, however, that situation was beginning to relax, and Jiping's music from his most famous 90's scores was conducted by Hu Bing Xu with the China Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. The compilation produced by these recordings forms a solid representation of Jiping's music from 1990 to 1997 (especially concentrating on the composer's incredible output during 1993), and its international release by Teldec and Warner is a great opportunity for Western ears to introduce themselves to the sound of this Chinese icon. There is a distinct possibility, of course, that Jiping's music may not be to your liking. Not many composers from the Far East have appealed to American and European listeners through the years. In the Digital Age, the most likely candidates to cross over are Japanese composers Kitaro, Joe Hisaishi, and Ryuichi Sakamoto who, ironically, are asked at times to write convincing music of Chinese origin for listeners for whom there is no significant distinction between the varying Oriental cultures. Only Klaus Badelt's score for The Promise in 2006 reaches anywhere close to the same territory. On the whole, Jiping's music does tend to stray into the realm of the uncomfortable for strictly American listeners, though his music also, in its larger symphonic moments, has similarities to the yearning thematic styles of Hollywood's best Golden Age composers.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 77:07
To Live
• 1. Fu Gui and Jia Zhen (2:56)
• 2. Life's Years like Flowing Water (5:04)

Sunbird
• 3. Two Trees (4:55)
• 4. Spirit of the Peacock (9:22)

• 5. Ju Dou (7:45)

Farewell My Concubine
• 6. Brotherly Love and Stage Life (3:01)
• 7. The Curtain Falls (8:48)
Red Firecracker, Green Firecracker
• 8. The Love between Cun Zhi and Niu Bao (8:03)
• 9. On the Yellow River: Unflinching Love (7:38)

Raise the Red Lantern
• 10. Overture (5:17)
• 11. Women (Xu Lian and Mei Shan) (5:09)
• 12. Fate (3:32)
• 13. Metampsychosis (5:27)

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The insert contains an extensive amount of information about the composer, his scores, and Chinese cinema in general.
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