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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: Thorunn Marinosdottir (Viola); Kolbeinn Bjarnason (Flute); Sif Tulinius (Violin); Sigurdur Halldórsson (Cello); Zbigniew Dubik (Violin)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1989

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