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Toshio Hosokawa (b.1955): Silent Flowers; String Quartets / Arditti Quartet

Album Summary

>Hosokawa, Toshio : Blossoming, for string quartet
>Hosokawa, Toshio : Floral Fairy, for string quartet
>Hosokawa, Toshio : Kalligraphie, pieces (6) for string quartet
>Hosokawa, Toshio : Landscape no 1, for string quartet
>Hosokawa, Toshio : Quartet for Strings no 3 ("Silent Flowers")
>Hosokawa, Toshio : Urbilder, for string quartet
Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Toshio Hosokawa's compositions for string quartet reveal a deep connection with traditional Japanese arts. His relationship to sounds is therefore fundamentally Asian, based on the idea of permanent transformation. In these string quartets, there is not a single sound whose character is not continuously modified. Effects include glissandos, trills, tremolos, harmonics, vibratos of different sorts, constantly shifting dynamics and bowings, by which the individual note is transformed into a dynamic structure. The Arditti Quartet combines innate comprehension of Hosokowa's style with the highest technical skill in these definitive performances.

American Record Guide, March/April 2014
Toshio Hosokawa (b. 1955) studied with Isang Yun and like his teacher strives to combine Buddhist sensibility with Western art music. As is typical of Japanese art, nature is a consistent topic, as are notions of purity, stasis, and mystery. These six quartets are basically tone poems lasting about 15 minutes each. Performances are exemplary. Listeners interested in Japanese modernism should find this of interest. Helpful notes.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Hans-Rosbaud-Studio des SWR, Baden-Baden (02/20/2012-02/22/2012).



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Works Details

>Hosokawa, Toshio : Blossoming, for string quartet
  • Ensemble: Arditti Quartet
  • Notes: Hans-Rosbaud-Studio des SWR, Baden-Baden (02/20/2012-02/22/2012)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Hosokawa, Toshio : Floral Fairy, for string quartet
  • Notes: Hans-Rosbaud-Studio des SWR, Baden-Baden (02/20/2012-02/22/2012)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2003

>Hosokawa, Toshio : Kalligraphie, pieces (6) for string quartet
  • Notes: Hans-Rosbaud-Studio des SWR, Baden-Baden (02/20/2012-02/22/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Hosokawa, Toshio : Landscape no 1, for string quartet
  • Notes: Hans-Rosbaud-Studio des SWR, Baden-Baden (02/20/2012-02/22/2012)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1992

>Hosokawa, Toshio : Quartet for Strings no 3 ("Silent Flowers")
  • Notes: Hans-Rosbaud-Studio des SWR, Baden-Baden (02/20/2012-02/22/2012)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1998

>Hosokawa, Toshio : Urbilder, for string quartet
  • Notes: Hans-Rosbaud-Studio des SWR, Baden-Baden (02/20/2012-02/22/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1980