The Chinese composer–conductor Tan Dun leads the Concertgebouworkest in two of his own world premieres. In addition to the Requiem for Nature for choir and soloists and a mise-en-espace by Pierre Audi, the programme features a new work in which principal trombonist Jörgen van Rijen takes centre stage.
Virtuosity goes hand in hand with spirituality, reflection and enticing orchestrations.
The composer–conductor Tan Dun has made three previous guest appearances with the Concertgebouworkest, each resulting in unique, pioneering collaborations. The Chinese composer–conductor ensures that virtuosity and innovation go hand in hand with spirituality, reflection and enticing orchestrations. Now he is conducting a programme focusing on the relationship between human beings and the natural world.
Tan Dun has composed a brand-new work for the Concertgebouworkest and its adventurous principal trombonist Jörgen van Rijen; the work follows the twelve hours in the day from sunrise to sunset. The Requiem for Nature is a spin-off of his large-scale Buddha Passion. In addition to the Rotterdam Symphony Chorus, the performance features vocal soloists from China, Mongolia and Tibet. The director Pierre Audi, the Concertgebouworkest’s creative partner, has overseen the mise-en-espace. Tan Dun has worked with Audi on several occasions, and always with phenomenal results. It’s not surprising considering that both are internationally renowned as visionary artists.