Japanese Piano Works: works by Fujiie, Takemitsu, Ikebe et al. / Gerhard Oppitz, piano

> Suite: On the Waters' Edge, Op. 70 - I. A Shell, or Nostalgia
> Suite: On the Waters' Edge, Op. 70 - II. Rain
> Suite: On the Waters' Edge, Op. 70 - III. Boating in the Afternoon
> Suite: On the Waters' Edge, Op. 70 - IV. The Chill of Night
> Suite: On the Waters' Edge, Op. 70 - V. A Dream of Floating on a Swimming Pool at Midnight
> Suite: On the Waters' Edge, Op. 70 - VI. Water Gushing Out
> Suite: On the Waters' Edge, Op. 70 - VII. A Stream
> Suite: On the Waters' Edge, Op. 70 - VIII. Memories of a Swamp
> Suite: On the Waters' Edge, Op. 70 - IX. Resting at a Cape
> Suite: On the Waters' Edge, Op. 70 - X. A Pond with a Heron
> Suite: On the Waters' Edge, Op. 70 - XI. Light Snow Dancing
> Suite: On the Waters' Edge, Op. 70 - XII. Lullaby of the Waves
> Ame no ki (Rain Tree Sketch) - Ame no ki (Rain Tree Sketch)
> La terre est bleue comme une orange - La terre est bleue comme une orange
> Piano Sonata No. 2 - I. Adagio energico - Allegro, ma non troppo
> Piano Sonata No. 2 - II. Scherzo - Presto appassionato
> Piano Sonata No. 2 - III. Andante sostenuto

Album Summary

>Fujiie, Keiko : On the Waters' Edge, suite for piano
>Takemitsu, Toru : Rain-Tree Sketch, for piano
>Ikebe, Shin-Ichiro : La Terre Est Bleue Comme une Orange for piano
>Moroi, Saburo : Sonata for Piano no 2
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Gerhard Oppitz heads East in this extraordinary recital, beautifully performed and now, an invaluable documentation of a still-neglected area of the 20th century piano repertoire: Japanese masterworks. Covering over 70 years of Japanese classical music, there is no other program like this one in existence.

"With the exception of Toru Takemitsu, the composers he samples here have rarely been performed in the West, and Oppitz renders valuable service as a guide... Most interesting may be the opening Suite: On the Water's Edge of Keiko Fujiie (born 1963), whose 12 movement titles suggest its pictorial quality. The work reflects neither Impressionist snapshots of Japan nor traditional materials; however, its vivid, dynamic images are rendered in precise, almost minimal strokes derived economically from small musical units." -All Music Guide

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Historischer Reitstadel, Neumarkt (03/27/2011-03/29/2011).



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Works Details

>Fujiie, Keiko : On the Waters' Edge, suite for piano
  • Performer: Gerhard Oppitz (Piano)
  • Notes: Historischer Reitstadel, Neumarkt (03/27/2011-03/29/2011)
  • Running Time: 36 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Takemitsu, Toru : Rain-Tree Sketch, for piano
  • Performer: Gerhard Oppitz (Piano)
  • Notes: Historischer Reitstadel, Neumarkt (03/27/2011-03/29/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1982

>Ikebe, Shin-Ichiro : La Terre Est Bleue Comme une Orange for piano
  • Performer: Gerhard Oppitz (Piano)
  • Notes: Historischer Reitstadel, Neumarkt (03/27/2011-03/29/2011)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1989

>Moroi, Saburo : Sonata for Piano no 2
  • Performer: Gerhard Oppitz (Piano)
  • Notes: Historischer Reitstadel, Neumarkt (03/27/2011-03/29/2011)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern