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Toshio Hosokawa: Orchestral Works, Vol. 2 / Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Orchestre National de Lyon; Jun Märkl

Album Summary

>Hosokawa, Toshio : Woven Dreams, for orchestra
>Hosokawa, Toshio : Blossoming II, for chamber orchestra
>Hosokawa, Toshio : Circulating Ocean, for orchestra
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Toshio Hosokawa is one of Japan's most eminent living composers. The first volume in this series devoted to his orchestral works [8.573239] explores the idea of the blossoming lotus - "music as plant-like development and growth" - and continues here with Blossoming II for chamber orchestra. Woven Dreams traces the journey from womb to birth by employing techniques drawn from Gagaku, the ancient Japanese court music. Of Circulating Ocean the composer writes: "I am attempting to express in sound the flow and change of water... The ocean is for me the birthplace of life, a being possessed of infinite depth and expanse."



Reviews

Picturesque works to explore and be challenged by
Contemporary music from Japan has always fascinated me. Having its roots in the restoration and "westernization" explored by composers in the early 1960s and beyond, I grew up listening to music by such names as Mayuzumi, Ichiyanagi and Takemitsu; with the latter being probably the best known. I had not heard music by Toshio Hosokawa before but he seems to come from a similar lineage where compositions grow out of simple gestures and the overall effect is introspective and rather meditation like. The opening work "Woven Dreams" is a perfect example of this. This piece extremely quietly. In fact I had to check before realizing the single really soft, low Bb breaks apart into cells of motive along the lines of Japanese ceremonial music, called "gagaku" It is a slow meaning work that is interesting but also just a little creepy. "Blossoming II" for chamber orchestra begins in a similar way, in fact. Hosokawa points out in the booklet notes that his music is intended to develop "plant-like" - a very good analogy - unlike most western music that has very particular structures and, usually, recognizable building blocks. This too, is a meditative Zen-like work that develops and grows from just a single sustained tone that builds into chords and textures and the like. The longest work in this collection is, for me, also the best. "Circulating Ocean" begins in the same nearly silent, static way, as the other works and grows over twenty minutes to a sonic depiction of the power of water and the recession and tranquility of water. It is not a "sea tone poem" in the Debussy "La Mer" sense but it is a powerful - not an easy - piece to absorb. Hosokawa is a name to know in the fascinating world of Japanese contemporary music and highest praise to Jun Markl as well as both the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Orchestre National de Lyon for such dedicated performances. In terms of marketing the unusual and with the highest of audio standards, Naxos has succeeded again.
Submitted on 10/27/14 by Dan Coombs 
Thanks. I'll pass.
This is austere, joyless. The composer’s analysis of his work is fanciful, actually somewhat poetic, more engrossing than the music it illuminates. The writing is occupied with ever shifting dynamics, textures and colors. The bedrock principles of motivic development and contrast are virtually eschewed. If you are so inclined aesthetically then this will interest you or maybe even captivate you. It’s a safe bet that an audience accustomed to the traditional paradigms will find this daunting, unfathomable, or simply dull.
Submitted on 01/23/15 by Allen Cohen 
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Works Details

>Hosokawa, Toshio : Woven Dreams, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Jun Märkl
  • Ensemble: Royal Scottish National Orchestra
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow, Scotland (06/10/2013-06/12/2013)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 2009

>Hosokawa, Toshio : Blossoming II, for chamber orchestra
  • Conductor: Jun Märkl
  • Ensemble: Orchestre National de Lyon
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow, Scotland (06/10/2013-06/12/2013)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral

>Hosokawa, Toshio : Circulating Ocean, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Jun Märkl
  • Ensemble: Orchestre National de Lyon
  • Running Time: 19 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005