Tan Dun's Map Concerto Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra HK Cultural Centre Concert Hall Reviewed: Nov 27 There's fusion, and then there's The Map, a work that resets your magnetic north on the world music landscape. It requires a serious stretch of the imagination to picture a large Western orchestra partnering a group of Chinese elders in a display of cry-singing but Tan Dun brings off this unlikely artistic marriage flawlessly with his intelligently conceived and richly scored concerto for cello, video and orchestra in nine movements. The magic lies in the interweaving of the video's traditional Chinese music, costumes and artless delivery by smiling villagers with a live symphony orchestra. Tan's sonic perception was well served by Lawrence Renes' conducting, not least when co-ordinating screen and stage during the tongue-singing. Richard Bamping moulded the solo cello part with empathy, pitching his wails during Ghost Dance and the dialogue of Antiphonal Singing with eloquence. The orchestra played their interactive role with aplomb, memorably in Cymbal Colouring; Stone Drums, which uses the percussionist's mouth as a resonating chamber; and Blowing Leaf, a botanic version of comb and paper. John Adams' Doctor Atomic Symphony siphons off music from his eponymous opera dealing with the countdown to the detonation of the test atomic bomb that led to the horrors of Nagasaki and Hiroshima. Without visual and textual support, it had difficulty selling itself, despite Jonathan Clarke's lyrical trumpet solo and a tightly controlled delivery. Maybe a more forensic exploration of the complex score would reveal better ways to sustain the atmosphere of dread of a nuclear holocaust; maybe.