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Takemitsu: String Around Autumn (A) / I Hear the Water Dreaming / A Way a Lone II [CD]

Toru Takemitsu , Tadaaki Otaka , BBC National Orchestra of Wales , Philip Dukes , Sharon Bezaly , et al. Audio CD
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  • Performer: Philip Dukes, Sharon Bezaly, Noriko Ogawa
  • Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales
  • Conductor: Tadaaki Otaka
  • Composer: Toru Takemitsu
  • Audio CD (25 Oct 2002)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: BIS
  • ASIN: B00006RHQ5
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 362,574 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. A String Around Autumn
2. I Hear the Water Dreaming
3. A Way a Lone 2
4. Riverrun

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars String Around Autumn 17 Oct 2011
By Mr. A. R. Boyes TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
These four works, products of Takemitsu's later years, have much in common. Indeed the common theme is water. That might not be apparent from the titles but "String Around Autumn" paints a Japanese garden with water; "I hear the Water Dreaming" tells its own tale, "A Walk a Lone II" is linked to "Riverrun" with its reference to James Joyce's Finnegan's Wake.

The four works are broadly very similar with lush orchestration, richly perfumed Debussian harmonies and expanded tonality. In short; these are the features in much of his later work. "A Walk a Lone II" is an orchestration for string orchestra of a string quartet movement. This work does sound more contrapuntal and austere than the rest.

"A String Around Autumn" includes a viola solo but this is not a concertante work. This is a very lush orchestral work with subtle formal underlay whereby the "String" effectively is a harmonic chain that forms of cycle in that the closing passages ruturn to the opening theme. "I Hear the Water Dreaming" for solo flute and orchestra continues this lush and contemplative theme. The final work, "Riverrun" surprises initially because the piano solo does sound more concertante and extravert.

In all four works slow tempos dominate and the lush, dreamlike orchestration bares a similarity to the later works of Valentin Silvestrov, albeit with more French and Buddhist connections.

Excellent sound engineering is pretty well guaranteed with BIS and it's a bonus to have Sharon Bezaly as a solo flautist. Philip Dukes also excels in "A String Around Autumn". Overall this is a most beautiful programme with the four works subtly balancing each other. A Highly recommended disc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent selection of Takemitsu's orchestral music 26 Jun 2006
By Rinaldo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
While the four compositions on this disc together represent a nice cross-section of Takemitsu's music from the last 15 or so years of his life, the main attraction of this CD is the performance of "A String Around Autumn"--a particularly beautiful and evocative piece from a composer known for his attention to the beauty of sound itself. While Takemitsu's music, especially his orchestration, always reveals a deep French influence (think Debussy, Ravel and Messiaen), "A String Around Autumn" evokes Debussy in an especially striking way--yet without merely imitating the earlier composer. This piece is also an excellent introduction to Takemitsu's music.

As usual with BIS recordings, the sound quality is consistently superb. The clarity of these recordings serves Takemitsu's extremely delicate timbres very well. Because of this greater clarity, I prefer this performance of "I Hear the Water Dreaming" over the one included on a DG 20/21 disc of Takemitsu's flute music.

Overall, a highly recommended collection of Takemitsu's music--either as an introductory CD, or for fans of the composer.
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