Tan Dun | Heaven Earth Mankind (Symphony 1997)
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Ancient Chinese chime-bells, symphony orchestra, cello, and children’s chorus combine to celebrate the reunification of Hong Kong with China.


In three movements, Heaven explores the traditional past of the Chinese people; Earth explores the equilibrium between nature and the elements; and Mankind commemorates those who fought and suffered in wars.


“There’s a tradition on Hong Kong’s Temple Street,” says Tan Dun. “Many street opera companies sing and perform their sadness and happiness in the road. These people carry the soul of Hong Kong. They sing its stories.”


“Every artist searches, everyday, to discover the unity of the eternal and external.”


“I dedicate Heaven Earth Mankind to the people who wish to love and be loved…”