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Takemitsu: Garden Rain Import

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  1. Takemitsu: Garden RainThe Philip Jones Brass Ensemble 7:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Takemitsu: Le son calligraphié - I (1958)Akiyoshi Kudo and Aya Tanaka and Hiroshi Wakasugi and Junko Edo and Kenji Kobayashi and Mari Hirao and Miyuki Togawa and Namiko Umezu and Tadao Takahashi 3:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Takemitsu: Le son calligraphié - II (1958)Akiyoshi Kudo and Aya Tanaka and Hiroshi Wakasugi and Junko Edo and Kenji Kobayashi and Mari Hirao and Miyuki Togawa and Namiko Umezu and Tadao Takahashi 3:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Takemitsu: Le son calligraphié - III (1960)Akiyoshi Kudo and Aya Tanaka and Hiroshi Wakasugi and Junko Edo and Kenji Kobayashi and Mari Hirao and Miyuki Togawa and Namiko Umezu and Tadao Takahashi 2:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Takemitsu: Hika [Elegy] (1966)Ida Kavafian and Peter Serkin 5:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Takemitsu: Folios (1974) - IKiyoshi Shomura 3:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Takemitsu: Folios (1974) - IIKiyoshi Shomura 3:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Takemitsu: Folios (1974) - IIIKiyoshi Shomura 4:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Takemitsu: Distance (1972)Heinz Holliger and Tadamaro Ono 8:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Takemitsu: Voice (1971)Aurèle Nicolet 6:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Takemitsu: Stanza II (for solo Harp and Tape)Ursula Holliger 6:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Takemitsu: Eucalypts IAurèle Nicolet and Basel Ensemble and Heinz Holliger and Jürg Wyttenbach and Ursula Holliger 8:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
13. Takemitsu: Eucalypts II (1970)Aurèle Nicolet and Heinz Holliger and Ursula Holliger 8:07$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Performer: Akiyoshi Kudo, Tadao Takahashi, Basel Ensemble, Aurele Nicolet, Kiyoshi Shomura, et al.
  • Conductor: Hiroshi Wakasugi, Jurg Wittenbacher
  • Composer: Toru Takemitsu
  • Audio CD (February 8, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B0006VXF3C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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This collection of pieces by Takemitsu comes in Deutsche Grammaphon's "Echo 20/21" series of reissues of contemporary music. It's the first international release on CD, we should rejoice that these historical performances of music from several eras of Takemitsu's work are finally available once more.

Two works are fairly early. The earliest material here is "Le Son calligraphie" (1958/60), three pieces for strings written while Takemitsu was still looking to Messiaen and Webern for inspiration. Their soundworld is quite reminiscent of the "Requiem" for strings dating from the same era, Takemitsu's first big hit. The work is performed by an ensemble of Japanese players conducted by Hiroshi Wakasugi. "Hika | Elegy" for violin and piano (1966), performed here by Ida Kavafian and Peter Serkin, takes much of its musical material from the third movement of Takemitsu's early piano piece "Uninterrupted rests". That movement was titled "A song of love", and this duet is certainly one of the most passionate violin and piano pairings in modern repertoire.

Several works here date from the height of Takemitsu's modernist period around the turn of the 70s. In "Eucalypts I & II" (1970) the first piece is for flute, oboe, harp, and strings, while the second is for flute, oboe, and harp. The music is defined by the seeming separate activities of the performers, but unlike the Western contrast of sonata-allegreo form, Takemitsu seeks to show all parts organically growing from the same origin in spite of their independent existence. Jurg Wittenbacher conducts the Basel Ensemble, and the soloists here appear in several works from the same period.
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