Toshio Hosokawa: Landscapes / Liebreich - Munich CO

Audio Samples

>Hosokawa, Toshio : Landscape no 5, for sho
>Hosokawa, Toshio : Ceremonial Dance, for string orchestra
>Hosokawa, Toshio : Sakura fur Otto Tomek, for sho solo
>Hosokawa, Toshio : Cloud and Light, for sho & string orchestra

Album Summary

>Hosokawa, Toshio : Landscape no 5, for sho
>Hosokawa, Toshio : Ceremonial Dance, for string orchestra
>Hosokawa, Toshio : Sakura fur Otto Tomek, for sho solo
>Hosokawa, Toshio : Cloud and Light, for sho & string orchestra
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Notes & Reviews:

ECM's ongoing series of recordings with the Munich Chamber Orchestra continues with an intriguing album of new and recent pieces by Japan's leading composer Toshio Hosokawa. Amongst the compositions are Sakura für Otto Tomek and Cloud and Light, both written in 2008, and Ceremonial Dance (2000). These 21st century pieces are brought together with Landscape V (originally from 1993 and for string quartet, meanwhile expanded into an orchestral version). Three of these feature the shô, a traditional Japanese instrument played by its leading exponent, Mayumi Miyata.

"Hosokawa's work involves dialogues between East and West, and ancient and modern - here represented in the form of the Japanese bamboo mouth organ, the shô, and the orchestra, respectively...the shô has a gentle, evanescent character whose glistening, high-register drone is emulated in pieces such as "Landscape V" and "Cloud and Light" by the strings of the Münchener Kammerorchester...Exquisite." -The Independent

"Hosokawa's music is about gestures, textures and colours. It is poetic and beautiful, always evocative." -The Sunday Times

"It's exquisite in a self-conscious way, with every texture precisely crafted and placed, but that jewel-like quality is achieved at the price of scarcely any dynamism. The sho's reedy chords are either surrounded by proliferating orchestral lines or absorbed into multi-layered textures." -The Guardian

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Himmelfahrtskirche, München (10/2009).



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Works Details

>Hosokawa, Toshio : Landscape no 5, for shô
  • Performer: Mayumi Miyata (Sho)
  • Conductor: Alexander Liebreich
  • Ensemble: Munich Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 15 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1993

>Hosokawa, Toshio : Ceremonial Dance, for string orchestra
  • Conductor: Alexander Liebreich
  • Ensemble: Munich Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 12 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2000

>Hosokawa, Toshio : Sakura für Otto Tomek, for shô solo
  • Performer: Mayumi Miyata (Sho)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008

>Hosokawa, Toshio : Cloud and Light, for shô & string orchestra
  • Performer: Mayumi Miyata (Sho)
  • Conductor: Alexander Liebreich
  • Ensemble: Munich Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 21 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008