Toru Takemitsu

Tokyo Metropolitan SO, Hiroshi Wakasugi - Toru Takemitsu, Orchestral Works II: Gemeaux; Dream/Window; Spirit Garden (1995)

Toru Takemitsu - Orchestral Works II: Gémeaux; Dream/Window; Spirit Garden (1995)
Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra; Hiroshi Wakasugi, Ryusuke Numajiri
Masashi Honma, oboe; Christian Lindberg, trombone

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 253 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 137 Mb | Scans ~ 58 Mb
Classical, Contemporaty | Label: Denon | # CO-78944 | Time: 00:59:52

"Gemeaux" (1971-1986) is one of Takemitsu's grandest works in terms of musical arc, scoring and length of gestation. It is written for two orchestras with two conductors, and with solo trombone at one orchestra and solo oboe at the other. As half of it was written during Takemitsu's "modernist apogee" of the turn of the '70s, we find a host of extended techniques, and at one point the soloists even speak through the mouthpieces of their instruments. As the other half of the work belongs to Takemitsu's late period, we find a successful of elegant self-contained gestures, his musical "gardens". The synthesis of two creative periods, however, makes for a piece singular in its impact in Takemitsu's oeuvre.
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  Music

Posted by Designol at Sept. 27, 2015
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.
Alberto Rosado - Musica Ricercata: Gyorgy Ligeti, Olivier Messiaen, Toru Takemitsu, John Cage (2001)

Alberto Rosado - Musica Ricercata: György Ligeti, Olivier Messiaen, Toru Takemitsu, John Cage (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 274 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 238 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Verso | # VRS 2006 | Time: 01:17:06

Alberto Rosado showcases some of the most significant modern composers in this well-considered programme. Inevitably he’s up against fierce competition, not least Pierre-Laurent Aimard’s recordings of both Ligeti’s Ricercata (included on the disc which received Gramophone’s Contemporary Award in 1997) and the complete Vingt Regards.
Tan Dun - Pipa Concerto; Toru Takemitsu - Nostalghia; Hikaru Hayashi - Viola Concerto (2008) [Wu Man, Yuri Bashmet]

Tan Dun - Pipa Concerto; Tōru Takemitsu - Nostalghia; Hikaru Hayashi - Viola Concerto (2008)
Wu Man, pipa; Yuri Bashmet, violin & viola, conductor; Moscow Soloists; Roman Balashov, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 324 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 223 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Onyx | # 4027 | Time: 01:18:02

Tan Dun's Concerto for String Orchestra and Pipa (1999) is a reworking of one of his most popular works, Ghost Opera, written for and recorded by the Kronos Quartet. In this version, the composer's characteristic polystylism – which here includes Chinese folk song, Copland-esque Big Sky music, quotations from Bach, and vocalizations by the orchestra – comes across as a jumble, without much of a strong vision holding the disparate elements together. Pipa virtuoso Wu Man, who appeared on the Kronos recording, plays the concerto with energy and delicacy. She's ably accompanied by the Moscow Soloists, led by Yuri Bashmet. The concerto is followed by Takemitsu's Nostalghia (1987) for violin and string orchestra. Its compositional assurance, clarity, subtly nuanced orchestration, and emotional directness make it all the more striking in contrast to the Tan Dun. Here Bashmet is the impassioned soloist, with Roman Balashov conducting with great sensitivity. The three brief excerpts from Takemitsu's film scores are a pleasant stylistic diversion – light, strongly differentiated character pieces.
Franz Halasz - All In Twilight - Toru Takemitsu: Complete Music for Solo Guitar (2000)

Franz Halász - All In Twilight - Tōru Takemitsu: Complete Music for Solo Guitar (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 277 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 173 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Chamber Music | Label: BIS | # BIS-CD-1075 | Time: 01:10:10

German guitarist Franz Halász displays a fine sense of tone and pacing in this revealing overview of Takemitsu's solo guitar music. Takemitsu wrote for the concert stage in an original avant-garde idiom, created over 100 film soundtracks, and produced arrangements of Japanese folk tunes and Western popular music. This range, except for the soundtracks, is represented here. The title tracks are from the concert work All in Twilight – Four pieces for guitar (1987), inspired by Paul Klee's painting of the same name. Here Halász's beautiful touch is shown in contrasting and subtle timbres on the composer's rich, jazz-like harmonies, sometimes brooding, sometimes in quickly flowing passages like those of the third movement. Next, the first six of "12 Songs" introduces some technically challenging, but aesthetically straightforward arrangements – Sammy Fain's classic Secret Love, four tunes by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, and George Gershwin's Summertime in which Takemitsu spectacularly manages to reduce the best orchestral parts to the limits of the guitar and to improvise in a free-flowing manner.
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