Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Score)
by Yo-Yo Ma
Released: Nov 2000
Label: Sony Classical
One of the most sensitively composed scores to come out in years, Tan Dun's work manages a difficult feat in the overblown world of soundtracks: it illustrates scenes without overselling them. The mix of Yo-Yo Ma's always phenomenal playing and traditional Chinese instrumentation bridges the East-West divide admirably. Just ignore the final track.