Notes & Reviews:
Composers often adapt the magical world of the fairy tale for their own purposes. Taking inspiration from sonnets, story fragments, and human sensation, Antonio Vivaldi was a master at creating atmosphere. Music can convey anything: the vagaries of nature, a shepherd's slumber, a meeting between two people, the birth of amorous feeling. Several centuries later, Manuel de Falla and Joaquin Rodrigo would draw upon the fertile ground of Spanish folklore, taking from it both engaging imagery and unbridled passion. The Japanese composer Joe Hisaishi has dipped into this universe on several occasions, especially for the soundtracks of 'Princess Mononoke', 'Kikujiro' and 'Fragile Dream,' arranged especially for Dubeau and La Pieta. Angele Dubeau is the only musician outside Japan authorized to play Hisaishi's work, whether on stage or recorded.
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