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Toshio Hosokawa: Flute Music

Audio Samples

>Hosokawa, Toshio : Vertical Song I, for solo flute
>Hosokawa, Toshio : Sen 1, for flute
>Hosokawa, Toshio : Lied, for flute & piano
>Hosokawa, Toshio : Fragmente II, for flute & string quaret
>Hosokawa, Toshio : Voyage V, for ensemble
>Traditional : Kuroda Bushi

Album Summary

>Hosokawa, Toshio : Vertical Song I, for solo flute
>Hosokawa, Toshio : Sen 1, for flute
>Hosokawa, Toshio : Lied, for flute & piano
>Hosokawa, Toshio : Fragmente II, for flute & string quaret
>Hosokawa, Toshio : Voyage V, for ensemble
>Traditional : Kuroda Bushi
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Notes & Reviews:

The Berlin-based Japanese composer Toshio Hosokawa conceives of music as ‘a calligraphy of space and time’ and regards the flute as the instrument that can most deeply realize his musical ideas, the performer’s breath embodying the living power of sound enhanced by the equally expressive silence which surrounds it. The accomplished Icelandic flautist Kolbeinn Bjarnason, who has also studied shakuhachi music, conveys the essence of Hosokawa’s ‘musical calligraphy’, shaping sound and silence into deeply spiritual soundscapes for solo flute and within haunting instrumental textures.

American Record Guide
episodes of great clarity and transparency, but never stasis - always rapidly changing color... captured in very clear sound. All the musicians play with a dedication and finesse that comes through on this recording.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Fella- og Hóla-church, Reykjavík, Iceland.



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Works Details

>Hosokawa, Toshio : Vertical Song I, for solo flute
  • Performer: Kolbeinn Bjarnason (Flute)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1995

>Hosokawa, Toshio : Sen 1, for flute
  • Performer: Kolbeinn Bjarnason (Flute)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1986

>Hosokawa, Toshio : Lied, for flute & piano
  • Performers: Kolbeinn Bjarnason (Flute); Valgerdur Andresdottir (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 2007

>Hosokawa, Toshio : Fragmente II, for flute & string quaret
  • Performers: Sif Tulinius (Violin); Zbigniew Dubik (Violin); Sigurdur Halldórsson (Cello); Kolbeinn Bjarnason (Flute); Thorunn Marinosdottir (Viola)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1989

>Hosokawa, Toshio : Voyage V, for ensemble
  • Performers: Sif Tulinius (Violin); Rúnar Oskarsson (Clarinet); Frank Aarnink (Percussion); Eydís Franzdóttir (Oboe); Hávardur Tryggvason (Double Bass); Eiríkur Pálsson (Trumpet); Bryndis Bjorgvinsdottir (Cello); Zbigniew Dubik (Violin); Thorunn Marinosdottir (Viola); Kolbeinn Bjarnason (Flute); Emil Fridfinnsson (Horn); Bjann Ingason (Bassoon); Steef Oosterhout (Percussion); Elisabet Waage (Harp); Gudni Franzson (Clarinet); Sigurdur _orbergsson (Trombone); Valgerdur Andresdottir (Piano); Melkorka Olafsdottir (Flute)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2001

>Traditional : Kuroda Bushi
  • Performer: Kolbeinn Bjarnason (Flute)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.