Toshio Hosokawa - Landscapes (2011)
Mayumi Miyata (shô); Münchener Kammerorchester, conducted by Alexander Liebreich
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 245 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 164 Mb | Scans included
Contemporary Classical | Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 2095, 476 3938 | 00:55:52
ECM’s ongoing series of recordings with the Munich Chamber Orchestra continues with an intriguing album of new and recent pieces by Japan’s leading composer Toshio Hosokawa. Amongst the compositions are Sakura für Otto Tomek and Cloud and Light, both written in 2008, and Ceremonial Dance (2000). These 21st century pieces are brought together with Landscape V (originally from 1993 and for string quartet, meanwhile expanded into an orchestral version). Three of these feature the shô, a traditional Japanese instrument played by its leading exponent, Mayumi Miyata. Born in Hiroshima in 1955, Hosokawa was initially inspired by Western art music from Schubert to Schoenberg. He went to Germany in the 1970s to study with Isang Yun and Klaus Huber. As he strengthened his standing in European avant-garde he also put down deeper roots in Japanese traditional music. His work increasingly suggests a dialogue between East and West, between the archaic and modern, between ceremonial music and concert music.