Unusual and Different
Tan Dun's 'The Banquet',
reviewed by GIUSEPPE PENNISI
Please update Wikipedia. The free web encyclopedia lists twenty-six operas (from those by Gasparini and Scarlatti in the eighteenth century to those by Searle and Lanzatti at the end of the twentieth century and at the beginning of the 21st) and three tone poems as the musical works based on William Shakespeare's Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. It forgets the long tone poem by Dmitry Shostakovich, originally music for the 1964 film by Grigory Kozinstev, a venial sin because in the last few years very few people have seen the movie (but it was shown in Parma, during a Verdi Festival, a couple of years ago). More significant is to have omitted The Banquet, a Feng Xiaogang blockbuster not only in China and in the Far East but also in the USA and many other countries, with music by the well-known Chinese-American composer Tan Dun.
The Italian Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia commissioned Tan Dun to draw a tone poem from the music he had prepared for the movie...
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