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5.0 out of 5 stars The shakuhachi artist on this CD is Yamaguchi Goro, April 19, 2007
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C. Moran (Claremont, CA USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Explorer Series East Asia/Japan: Shakuhachi Music - A Bell Ringing in the Empty Sky (Audio CD)
Although the artist attribution on this page is Kochachiro Miyata, a great shakuhachi master musician, these recordings are actually by the late Yamaguchi Goro, a musician and master instrumentalist whose importance in traditional Japanese shakuhachi music in the 20th century cannot be overstated.

This is the first CD issue of the legendary recordings which comprised this LP version of Nonesuch's Explorer series of the late 1960/early 70s. For many Americans, A Bell Ringing in the Empty Sky was their first exposure to authentic Japanses shakuhachi music. A portion of this recording of Sokaku-Reibo (Depicting The Cranes In Their Nest) flew out into the galaxy on Voyager-1 on that spacecraft's collection of electronic artifacts representing the cultures of humanity on Planet Earth.

To learn more about Yamaguchi Goro and shakuhachi music go to [...] or [...]

(Kochachiro Miyata's fine shakuhachi recordings are on Nonesuch, simply titled: Shakuhachi - The Japanese Flute.)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the epitome of Zen Shakuhachi, August 30, 2008
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JFP "jpax10" (Norwalk, California USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Explorer Series East Asia/Japan: Shakuhachi Music - A Bell Ringing in the Empty Sky (Audio CD)
These two songs hold within them a universe of meaning. "Bell Ringing In The Empty Sky" plays like a Zen parable. "Depicting The Cranes In Their Nest" runs a gamut of phases of life and emotion. You can feel the fullness of life as the cranes build and fill their nest, and the hollow ache of the parents as the young fly away to build their own lives -- a reminder of the impermanence of our own lives. Masterfully performed. I have this on an old LP and have spent years anticipating its release on CD.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bell Ringing in Empty Sky, October 7, 2010
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This review is from: Explorer Series East Asia/Japan: Shakuhachi Music - A Bell Ringing in the Empty Sky (Audio CD)
I'll use this both for background music in my Tai Chi and Qigong classes on occasion and as part of my "get laid back" music stack for everyday listening. The second cut, Bell Ringing in the Empty Sky is especially relaxing. Good music to listen to, after reading the daily newspaper. Get it?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, July 9, 2014
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PAUL BROWN (HERMITAGE, TN, US) - See all my reviews
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So beautiful ...
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stark and wonderful to listen to, March 24, 2008
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Mark Trumble (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Explorer Series East Asia/Japan: Shakuhachi Music - A Bell Ringing in the Empty Sky (Audio CD)
this album stands the test of time. I had this record a long time ago, and now getting the disk, I can enjoy it again. Good disk
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