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4.0 out of 5 stars Japanese Music with a Western Ambience, 1 Oct. 2010
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B. Pimley (Berkshire, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Restful Music of Japan (Audio CD)
Some of the most enjoyable art and music has resulted from the cross fertilisation of cultures. This album is as Japanese as Mount Fuji or the delightful brush and ink paintings of Hokusai but like the latter it betrays the strong influence of post Meiji Western traditions as well as Japanese ones. The Kokiriko Variations & Notturno in particular have a distinctly Debussian ambience about them. This and the use of Western instruments such as flute, guitar, piano and cello on some pieces, in addition to the more traditional shakuhachi and koto, enhance the enjoyment of pieces like Michio Miyagi's 'The Sea in Springtime' and the more recently composed 'Autumn Song' (also beautifuly sung by Yoshikazu Mera on the album 'Mother's Songs' itself a fine collection of very enjoyable Japanese melodies, I might add.)

If you thought that Japanese music was completely atonal or largely incomprehesible to Western ears then this album will be a very pleasant surprise.
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