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Lullaby For The Moon:japanese Music For Koto And Shakuhachi

Various Artists Audio CD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (6 Oct 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000005HA7
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,783 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Lullaby (Variations) - Komoriuta
2. Eight Miles Through A Mountain Pass - Toge Hachi-Ri
3. Eternal Lights - Kuon No Hikari
4. Sea Fantasy - Umi
5. Six Fragments For Koto (Variations) - Muttsu
6. Cherry Blossoms (Trio on a theme by a Sajura) - Sakura
7. Moonlight On A Ruined Castle (Variations on a theme) - Sajura
8. The Ploughman's Song - Chidori

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Two of the most redolent sounds of Japanese art music are the shakuhachi (end-blown bamboo flute) and the koto (long zither). This praiseworthy mid-price anthology, based on recordings previously issued by Toshiba EMI, brings together various permutations of the two instruments. For example, it opens appropriately (given the album title) with variations on a lullaby by composer Inzan Tanaka played by Hozan Yamamoto and Utazumi Kunishige on shakuhachi and koto. The second piece features two shakuhachi players (Tozan Tanno and Tozan Hara) and the sounds they encounter on an eight-mile journey through a mountain pass. The sounds of nature predominate. Small birds sing from the trees. The two most ambitious of the eight tracks are a trio performance on a theme of cherry blossom for two flutes and one koto and a double shakuhachi and koto quartet on a theme of a ruined castle bathed in moonlight. For anyone wishing to test the waters of Japanese art music, Lullaby For The Moon is an auspicious starting point. --Ken Hunt

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not another new age cd. 1 Nov 2006
By P. P.
Format:Audio CD
How many times have you bought a cd claiming to have "traditional/meditative/relaxing/all the above" music from various countries,only to be disappointed as soon as you start listening to it cause most of the music is done with keyboards? I can recall at least 3! This, fortunately, is not the case! I was looking for an introductory cd with Japanese traditional music, and that is what I got. The music is as relaxing and refreshing as a cup of green tea. My particular favourites are "Eight miles through a mountain pass"(track 2) and "Moonlight on a ruined castle"(track 7).
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful music from Japan 4 Aug 2007
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The music on this CD is played on the Koto and Shakuhachi is beautiful as it is distinctive. The eight pieces are all brilliantly played and greatly atmospheric and it is difficult for me to choose a favourite as they are all great. This music gives a brilliant introduction to Japanese music and this CD would be a great addition to the collection of anyone interested in the music of Japan.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars just about as good as it gets 18 July 2008
Format:Audio CD
from experienced koto based listener, just about as good as it gets, if you dont like this japanese koto/shakuhachi cd then you wont like ANY. excellent 'natural' recording, sharp sound, superb balance, magical composition and playing, a rarity that combines high quality sound, composition and playing, the cherry on the cake? sea fantasy, if you dont understand it there is no hope! also recomended ,soul of koto, on lyrichord label
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent example of Japanese Music 19 July 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Being a student of a Japanese and an avid lover of Japanese culture, contemporary and past history, this CD gave me an insight in to the culture of Japan from a musical perspective, as well as historical ideologies that go with compositions from Japan's past. Being a musician as well, this CD helped in an understanding or world music, and broardened my ideas with musical compositions. In others words.......its great! :)
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nice playing shame about the music 21 Nov 2009
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I was disappointed with this album, not with the performances and sound which are excellent, but with the music itself. The problem with so many albums of Japanese koto and shakuhachi music is that the cover does make clear whether the music is modern or traditional. Although no dates are given for any of the composers named on this disc I assume that all are 20th century. The music betrays influences of pop, easy listening and Western classical, it's very pretty and would be good as background music for a dinner party. But it is not the sort of Japanese music to listen to intently. It lacks the raw and austere beauty of traditional Japanese music. Many of the pieces are facile, they are simply too tuneful and resolve themselves too easily. They are generally quite short and don't carry you on a journey into unexpected regions.
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