Toru Takemitsu

Tokyo Metropolitan SO, Ryusuke Numajiri - Toru Takemitsu: Orchestral Works III: Autumn, etc. (1997)

Toru Takemitsu - Orchestral Works III: Autumn, etc. (1997)
Katsuya Yokoyama, shakuhachi; Kakujo Nakamura, biwa; Hiroshi Koizumi, flute
Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ryusuke Numajiri

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 266 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 151 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Contemporaty | Label: Denon/Nippon | # CO-18032 | Time: 00:53:40

Performed by various soloists with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ryusuke Numajiri. Recorded both in analog and digital versions in the Japanese double-CD release. "Twill by Twilight" is a harmonically and timbrally lush work, which often evokes the tone painting breadth of Debussy and the crystalline delicacy of Webern, an outpouring of "pastel coloring…reminders of the transient nature of twilight, before the coming night and after the sunset" (Takemitsu). It is dedicated to "the memory of my dear friend Morton Feldman." Takemitsu described the work's sub-structure as developed "through strictly measured musical units, through what might be called musical principles before a melody is constituted or before a rhythm is formed." This is a very apt metaphor applicable to Morton Feldman's own compositional style. The small and broad cyclicism of the rhythm patterns in Takemitsu's work is however much more hidden – a kind of phased, elastic, non-clockwork repetition with imaginative variations.
Tokyo Metropolitan SO, Yuzo Toyama, Rie Hamada - Toru Takemitsu - Orchestral Works IV: Coral Island, etc. (1998)

Toru Takemitsu - Orchestral Works IV: Coral Island, etc. (1998)
Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra; Yuzo Toyama, conductor; Rie Hamada, soprano

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 218 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 153 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Denon/Nippon Columbia | # CO-18073 | Time: 00:53:26

Performed by the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Yuzo Toyama with soprano Rie Hamada. A beautiful digital recording of several rarely performed works by Takemitsu (the soprano part of the marvelous "Coral Island" is very difficult, for example, and the "Archipelago S" is for an unusual ensemble of instruments). Many of the subtleties of Takemitsu's writing are lost in recording (for example, subtle harmonics behind more foreground material), but the engineers made a good effort here.
Noriko Ogawa - Rain Tree: The Complete Solo Piano Music Of Toru Takemitsu (1996)

Noriko Ogawa - Rain Tree: The Complete Solo Piano Music Of Toru Takemitsu (1996)
EAC | FLAC (log,tracks+cue) -> 135 Mb (5% Rec.) | Scans, Booklet included
Modern Classical | Label: BIS, BIS-CD-805 | 1996 | 00:55:42

Piano music occupies an important place within the oeuvre of Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996). His first publicly performed piece was a work for the piano - Lento in Due Mouimenti - and he would continue to compose for the instrument throughout his career. Hence, we can follow the development of his compositional style through his piano music - tracing, for example, the evolution of his personal harmonic language or his increasing timbral consciousness.
Shin-Ichi Fukuda - Japanese Guitar Music, Vol. 1: Toru Takemitsu: Complete Original Solo Guitar Works (2014)

Shin-Ichi Fukuda - Toru Takemitsu: Complete Original Solo Guitar Works;
Leo Brouwer - 2 Homages to Toru Takemitsu (2014)

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 178 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 153 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.573153 | Time: 01:02:17

Toru Takemitsu is widely regarded as the greatest Japanese composer of the 20th century. After the appearance of Folios in 1974 he was acknowledged as a formidable master of writing for the guitar, bringing to the instrument a sensibility and imaginative flair which have seldom been equalled. In the Woods was his final composition. Shin-ichi Fukada and Leo Brouwer were both close friends of Takemitsu, and this programme includes Brouwer’s two heartfelt homages in his memory.
Izumi Tateno - Toru Takemitsu: Piano Works (1996) Reissue 2003

Izumi Tateno - Tōru Takemitsu: Piano Works (1996) Reissue 2003
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 175 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 160 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Avant-Garde | Label: Warner Classics | # 2564 60624-2 | Time: 00:56:02

This disc contains 11 piano pieces by Toru Takemitsu performed by Izumi Tateno. It was originally released in 1996 on Finlandia, but now appears in reissue in Warner Classics' economy line Apex. Like all of Takemitsu's oeuvre, his piano works (which altogether make up only a single CD) are meditative, intensely focused, and undramatic.

The Music of Toru Takemitsu (Music in the Twentieth Century)  eBooks & eLearning

Posted by Grev27 at Feb. 1, 2013
The Music of Toru Takemitsu (Music in the Twentieth Century)

Peter Burt, "The Music of Toru Takemitsu (Music in the Twentieth Century)"
English | ISBN: 0521026954, 0521782201 | edition 2001 | PDF | 305 pages | 1.8 MB
Toru Takemitsu - Complete Works for Solo Piano - Paul Crossley (2009)

Toru Takemitsu - Complete Works for Solo Piano - Paul Crossley (2009)
EAC RIP | APE + CUE + LOG | COVER + BOOK | RAR FILES (3% recovery) | 138 Mb
Classical | CRD 3526

Toru Takemitsu - How Slow the Wind (2001)  

Posted by stfine at Aug. 25, 2011
Toru Takemitsu - How Slow the Wind (2001)

Toru Takemitsu - How Slow the Wind (2001)
EAC rip | FLAC image + cue + log + scans | 01:11:33 | 261 MB (3% rec.)
20th Century Classical, Avant-Garde | Label: BIS, CD-1078

It has been written many times that Toru Takemitsu is something of a latter day impressionist. Almost all the works on this disc, most of which are from his real maturity, bear out this statement; they are abundantly rich in colour and exotic atmosphere, with the orchestral palette used with the utmost refinement and subtlety. It could be said that Takemitsu goes even further, exploring distant horizons with a sensuousness rarely heard in any other composer.

Toru Takemitsu - I Hear the Water Dreaming (2000)  

Posted by stfine at Aug. 18, 2011
Toru Takemitsu - I Hear the Water Dreaming (2000)

Toru Takemitsu - I Hear the Water Dreaming (2000)
EAC rip | FLAC image + cue + log + scans / MP3 320 kbps | 01:07:05 | 220 MB / 166 MB (3% rec.)
Contemporary Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Takemitsu wrote everything from movie music to Beatles arrangements to avant-garde chamber music. In his best works, he draws simultaneously on the traditional idiom of Japan and the most advanced contemporary techniques. All music on this CD was written (or, in one case, arranged) for flute solo, and Patrick Gallois proves a most satisfying interpreter. Recommended for those looking for a softer, quieter, but still genuinely musical experience in contemporary classical music.
Toru Takemitsu - Quatrain - A Flock Descends into the Pentagonal Garden - Stanza I - Sacrifice - Ring - Valeria (1988)

Toru Takemitsu - Quatrain - A Flock Descends into the Pentagonal Garden - Stanza I - Sacrifice - Ring - Valeria
XLD Rip | FLAC+CUE+LOG | Covers | 59:07 | 253 MB
20th Century Classical | 1988 | Deutsche Grammophon