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Sakura-Japanese Melodies for Flute and Harp


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listen  1. Haru No UmiLily Laskine 7:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  3. Aka TomboLily Laskine 3:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Chin-Chin ChidoriLily Laskine 3:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Nambu Ushi Oi UtaLily Laskine 4:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. DefuneLily Laskine 5:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Kono MichiLily Laskine 3:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Hanayome NingyoLily Laskine 1:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Kojo No TsukiLily Laskine 3:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Jogashima No AmeLily Laskine 5:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000002594
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,763 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Customer Reviews

We recommend this album to everyone who enjoys good music.
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The beautiful music on this CD will take you away for a short time, albeit a wonderful,relaxing time.
ellafan
The mood is perfect, the music is beautiful, and the playing is flawless.
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Daniel G. Berk on August 17, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is an extraordinarily beautiful collection of music. I have enjoyed it since it came out originally in LP form in 1978 and purchased it again as a CD in 1995, so that I could play it on the CD decks in my office and car. These are two places where the pastoral quality and calming effect of these performances are particularly welcome.
The blending of flute and harp comes off extremely well, and there is not a low point in the entire collection.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Stephen A. Haines HALL OF FAME on February 11, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Studying Japanese language and culture led to many hours listening to koto and sakuhachi recordings. While wondering how those instruments might sound to the Western ear, it was pure chance that led to this collaboration. Listening to Rampal had always been a pleasure, but his adaptation of Japanese music in this CD was a special delight. Whatever plaudits might be due Rampal for any of his work, this one seems to rise above the rest. He is able to stretch the qualities of an historic Western instrument to encompass what should be, but isn't, an alien musical form. Rampal's superb talents are brought fully to bear in this work, which remains a particular favourite in my household.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By E. Rothstein VINE VOICE on August 17, 2001
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I first discovered Rampal's recording of these exquisite Japanese melodies 20 years ago, and was thrilled when they were released on CD. The entire album is a lovely musical journey to the floating world. My 2 year-old daughter falls asleep to this every night, and there is nothing I find more soothing and relaxing after a long day than the perfection of these melodies, and Rampal's masterful interpretation. The music weaves a spell that is not easily cast off. This is an album to treasure and listen to over and over again. The more I listen, the more struck I am with the breathtaking sophistication of these simple tunes.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mark Kolakowski on March 21, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This collection is a must, even if you previously thought you had no
particular taste for traditional Japanese music. The melodies are
placid and contemplative. Ideal for reflective moments, or to
relax. I'm motivated to try more of Rampal's Japanese
recordings.
While Rampal gets top billing, Laskine on the harp is
just as prominent, and as excellent, in performing these works. The
playing time of the CD (sadly, only a modest 44 minutes) is about
equal measures solo flute, solo harp and harp/flute duet. The same
performances on this CD also are available on Sony catalogue #34568,
"Japanese Melodies for Flute and Harp." The tradeoff is that
this Denon CD costs ... less, but the Sony-labelled product has one
more track, Haru No Umi (track 1 thereon, for an extra 7
minutes).
As many readers will know, CBS sold its record labels to
Sony back in the '90s, I believe when they were acquired by
Westinghouse. While the vast majority of the old CBS/Columbia
recordings have been repackaged under the Sony label (see especially
the budget priced Sony Essential Classics series that's chock full of
gems), the CBS and Columbia marques also are still used by
Sony. Sometimes the same recordings are sold simultaneously under
these various labels, albeit with different pairings and cover
art. Most confusing. Here's more. The Denon label, under which this CD
is published, is an alias of Columbia Records Japan. Whether this
ultimately is owned by Sony as well these days, I do not know. The
point is that you should find a number of the same performances
packaged under Denon that you can get under Sony, CBS or Columbia.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By V. Lemon on April 7, 2003
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I am so glad to find this again. Due to space constraints, I had to give up all my vinyl. I have missed this album, especially in the hot weather. I always think of it as "cool water over smooth stones". It makes a hot night bearable: lights off, a candle or two. Silence. And then...the music. So peaceful, so liquid.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By C. B Collins Jr. on September 16, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is an excellent CD with the wonderful music of Rampal's flute and Laskine's harp, a perfect and unique match. Whereas the CD contains many beautiful works, there are three that are sublime and deserve mention.

"Nambu Ushioi Uta" a Japanese folksong is a unique work as the sad willow melody is pierced by sharp flute interruptions, like an obstinate sparrow continually breaking the silence of melancholy. The piece tip-toes like an elegant silk veil floating on a branch over a night garden. With its broken pacing, the melodies remain sad and reflective, but always interrupted by the pesty bird chirp, like a crocus on a dark mid-winter morning.

"Defune", a mature echoing ghosty melody builds a sad journey of experience and time. I would listen to this song over and over, allowing it to release any grief that I harbored. There is a lilting passage that builds and allows the harp to mirror or reflect the building lilting passage established by the flute. Then the piece moves toward a resolution of quite contemplation.

The CD ends with "Sakura Sakura" which Rampal and Laskine play for all it is worth, starting with a minimal slow paced introduction of the melody which is no sooner established than is rendered with a pastoral interpretation of the classic tune. And as the flute wavers like a songbird, a triump of music begins to build and anchors the central presentation of the work. Now having established and adorned this rich tapestry, Rampal and Laskine begin pulling every golden and silver thread from this whole cloth to integrate minimal repetitions of the central melody finally offered to us in atonal windstorms and durges, retaining its uncanny beauty, made even more beautiful by the lack of perfection, the final sour note.

This CD is superb in that it balances the 3 tragic pieces I describe above with 8 other works of more gaity and light. I predict that this will be one of your favorite CDs for years to come.
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