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Spring Sounds, Spring Seas - Schlefer: Shakuhachi Concerto; Hagen: Koto Concerto / Yumi Kurosawa, 20 sting koto; James Nyoraku Schlefer, shakuhachi

Album Summary

>Schlefer, James Nyoraku : Haro No Umi Redux, for orchestra
>Schlefer, James Nyoraku : Shakuhachi Concerto
>Hagen, Daron : Koto Concerto ("Genji")
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

American Record Guide, May/June 2013
More overtly sensuous is David Hagen's 2011 Koto Concerto: Genji, an "opera without words" based on an 11th Century narrative. It consists of five psychological portraits. The second, 'Falling Flowers', has a poignant violin solo; III, 'Maiden on the Bridge', demonstrates the subtlety of koto soloist Yumi Kurosawa, who makes her ancient instrument sound like a small orchestra. The bent sounds, rich chords, and strumming on various parts of the instrument produce marvelous colors. The Orchestra of the Swan, a British chamber orchestra, plays with expressive understatement. The warm recording, at a concert, has all the qualities of a studio production. East-West fusions seem immune to the struggles of the classical music scene.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Stratford Civic Hall, Stratford-upon-Avon, Great Britai (05/28/2011).



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Works Details

>Schlefer, James Nyoraku : Haro No Umi Redux, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Kenneth Woods
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of the Swan
  • Running Time: 10 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011

>Schlefer, James Nyoraku : Shakuhachi Concerto
  • Performer: James Schlefer (Shakuhachi)
  • Conductor: Kenneth Woods
  • Running Time: 25 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2009

>Hagen, Daron : Koto Concerto ("Genji")
  • Performer: Yumi Kurosawa (Koto)
  • Conductor: David Curtis
  • Running Time: 26 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2011