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  • Audio CD (9 Sept. 2013)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD, SACD
  • Label: Neos
  • ASIN: B0081MECFS
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Hosokawa does not fall prey of the temptation of self-orientalisation to which 武満徹 [Toru Takemitsu] - understandably enough and pitifully enough - does fall oftentimes, in Takemitsu's apparent eagerness to bridge imaginary gaps between that which he considers `traditional Japanese' and Western modern avant-classical, aka modern-atonal music, by melting them down in a synthesis that falls short of `happening'.

Takemitsu's failure, which is not exclusive of his episteme, but rather ordinary in the aesthetics of composers who submit their muses to imaginative clashes between western versus non-western cultural patterns, had the ingredients to generate an appealing monstrosity, whereby the end-result would be unintended in relation to his intentions, and unexpected in relation to his expertise, as magisterially epitomised by Antonín Dvořák's Symphonien Nos. 8 & 9 "Aus der Neuen Welt" (Berliner Philharmoniker/Rafael Kubelik) (I refer to "Aus der Neuen Welt", of course) .

However, to my perception, most of the times it is not what happens, as the liabilities of Takemitsu's attempts soar up as unappealing small monuments to his own artistic limitations, derived from self-imposed ideological biases stemming from that prominent binary opposition Occident # Orient.

Notwithstanding the -- hopefully -- useful digression to try and get sharper focus on Toshio Hosokawa's aesthetics, I would propose that his works therein, if hypothetically placed on an atonal continuum, would make sense located in-between Luciano Berio's Sequenzas (Ensemble InterContemporain), and Salvatore Sciarrino's Quartetto N. 7; Quartetto N. 8; Sei quartetti brevi (Quartetto Prometeo).
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