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Cantus [Hybrid SACD, SACD]

Kuniko Audio CD
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  • Composer: Arvo Part, Steve Reich, Hywel Davies
  • Audio CD (15 July 2013)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD, SACD
  • Label: Linn Records
  • ASIN: B00CLW4P7Y
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,017 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Fur Alina arr. for Vibraphone and Crotales 3:58Album Only
Listen  2. New York Counterpoint arr. for marimba11:13Album Only
Listen  3. Cantus in memory of Benjamin Britten arr. for Marimba 6:12Album Only
Listen  4. Fratres arr. for Marimba and Vibraphone 8:26Album Only
Listen  5. Purl Ground11:24Album Only
Listen  6. Spiegel im Spiegel arr. for Marimba and Bells10:24Album Only

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KUNIKO's eagerly awaited second album includes world premiere recordings of the percussionist's new arrangements of popular works by contemporary composers Arvo Pärt,Steve Reich and Hywel Davies.All three composers have consulted upon,and approved,KUNIKO's arrangements on cantus.The pieces are arranged for five octave marimba or vibraphone and each was chosen to fully demonstrate the colours,depth and dynamics of the instrument.KUNIKO gave the world premiere performance of Reich's New York Counterpoint version for marimba in New York in 2012.KUNIKO won praise from the composer himself who stated:'Kuniko Kato is a first rate percussionist.The simplicity and beauty of Arvo Pärt's music has won the composer many fans.In turn Pärt is a fan of KUNIKO's arrangements having approved the new versions premiered on this album.KUNIKO has arranged four of his best-loved pieces including Cantus,a fitting tribute to Benjamin Britten in 2013,his 100th anniversary year.Purl Ground is an original piece written by British composer Hywel Davies,which KUNIKO premiered at the Cheltenham Festival in 2011 to critical acclaim.The piece is arranged for solo marimba and makes excellent use of both tremolo and pianissimo effects.

About the Artist

KUNIKO is a soloist who is recognised around the world as one of the most gifted and significant percussionists of her generation in today's contemporary and classical music scene.KUNIKO's debut kuniko plays reich was acclaimed by the media becoming Linn's bestselling album of 2011.In 2012 KUNIKO completed a world tour playing at venues in America,France,Israel,Italy,Switzerland,Japan and Australia.KUNIKO has worked with Seji Ozawa,Toru Takemitsu,James Wood,Steve Reich,Keiko Harada,Franco Donatoni and others.

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I find this a difficult CD to review. Kuniko produces some extraordinary sounds on the marimba by multi tracking on Arvo Part's Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten, which is one of my favourite Part pieces. As the Times' reviewer described her recording, the music sounds as if he was inside Niagara Falls, tumbling in exquisite slow motion. I cannot think of a more apt description. Although the other Part works are somewhat less dramatically recorded, they are also enjoyable, especially one of his best known pieces, Spiegel im Spiegel, where she uses both her marimba and bells. I also quite enjoyed Steve Reich's New York Counterpoint, which I understand was originally written for multiple clarinets, although it is rather repetitive. However, the remaining work, Pure Ground, by the British composer, Hywel Davies, completely perplexed me. Although the music lasted for over 11 minutes, nothing very much ever seemed to happen, apart from some weird sounds largely emanating from the lower reaches of the modern 5 octave marimba.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh and captivating, more please! 28 Aug 2013
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Stumbling through Amazon recommendations brought this disc to my attention and I'm delighted to have discovered it. If you are musically omnivorous and hungry then feast !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Staggering 17 Aug 2013
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I first heard about 30 seconds of one of the tracks on radio 3's classical chart and bought the album immediately. I have other versions of some of this material but these arrangements are both unusual and beguiling. I have played the album end to end several times and it is a really outstanding album in my view. Definitely one of those albums for headphones or a quiet time with absolutely no interruption- these pieces reward careful listening. The Benjamin Britten and Spiegel im Spiegel pieces are absolutely mesmerising.

An album to listen to carefully and without prejudice.

Tremendous value for the mp3 download and I wonder what the Cd would sound like through top end
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