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Cantus - Works by Part, Reich and Davies / Kuniko, marimba; vibraphone

> Fur Alina (arr. K. Kato for marimba) - Fur Alina (arr. K. Kato for marimba)
> New York Counterpoint (arr. K. Kato for marimba) - New York Counterpoint (arr. K. Kato for marimba)
> Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten (arr. K. Kato for marimba) - Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten (arr. K. Kato for marimba)
> Fratres (arr. K. Kato for marimba) - Fratres (arr. K. Kato for marimba)
> Purl Ground - Purl Ground
> Spiegel im Spiegel (arr. K. Kato for marimba) - Spiegel im Spiegel (arr. K. Kato for marimba)

Album Summary

>Pärt, Arvo : Für Alina
>Reich, Steve : New York Counterpoint
>Pärt, Arvo : Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten, for string orchestra & bell
>Pärt, Arvo : Fratres
>Davies, Hywel : Purl Ground, for marimba
>Pärt, Arvo : Spiegel im Spiegel
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Kuniko is an exciting and expressive percussionist... I am awed by her technique and musicality.' - American Record Guide 'Kuniko has since established herself as one of the world's foremost interpreters of Reich's percussion pieces...' - Time Out Tokyo 'Hywel Davies's Purl Ground for marimba [was] an exercise in sotto-voce tremolos... her lissome presence was all dominating.' - Sunday Times Kuniko's eagerly awaited second album includes world premiere recordings of the percussionist's new arrangements of popular works by contemporary composers Arvo Part, Steve Reich and Hywel Davies. Kuniko gave the world premiere performance of Reich's New York Counterpoint version for marimba in New York in 2012 Reich praised her performance saying, 'Kuniko Kato is a first rate percussionist.' She is recognized as one of the most gifted and significant percussionists of her generation in contemporary and classical music.

The Observer, 21st July 2013
The art of transcription flourishes in these imaginative reworkings of classics by Arvo PSrt and Steve Reich in the hands of a master marimba player...an absorbing recital.

The Times, 26th July 2013
A remarkable disc, and a triumph of adventurous musicianship. Hypnotic and cooling too.

The Independent on Sunday, 28th July 2013
Kato completes her survey of Steve Reich's counterpoint pieces with "New York Counterpoint", arranged for the marimba with his blessing. Reich's intricate rhythms are what catch the ear, but it's the overtones and silences that mesmerise in Arvo PSrt.

MusicWeb International, 22nd September 2013
Kato has an impeccable sense of rhythm and a capacity for concentration.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: BankArt 1929 NYK Studio, Yokohama, Japan (08/04/2012-08/08/2012); Church at Azumino, Nagano, Japan (08/04/2012-08/08/2012); Lake Sagami Hall, Kanagawa, Japan (08/04/2012-08/08/2012); BankArt 1929 NYK Studio, Yokohama, Japan (11/06/2012-11/07/2012); Church at Azumino, Nagano, Japan (11/06/2012-11/07/2012); Lake Sagami Hall, Kanagawa, Japan (11/06/2012-11/07/2012); BankArt 1929 NYK Studio, Yokohama, Japan (2012-11-02_2012-11-05&2012-); Church at Azumino, Nagano, Japan (2012-11-02_2012-11-05&2012-); Lake Sagami Hall, Kanagawa, Japan (2012-11-02_2012-11-05&2012-).



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Works Details

>Arvo Pärt (1935 - ) : Für Alina
  • Performers: Kuniko Kato (Percussion); Kuniko Kato (Vibraphone)
  • Notes: BankArt 1929 NYK Studio, Yokohama, Japan (08/04/2012-08/08/2012); Church at Azumino, Nagano, Japan (08/04/2012-08/08/2012); Lake Sagami Hall, Kanagawa, Japan (08/04/2012-08/08/2012); BankArt 1929 NYK Studio, Yokohama, Japan (11/06/2012-11/07/2012); Church at Azumino, Nagano, Japan (11/06/2012-11/07/2012); Lake Sagami Hall, Kanagawa, Japan (11/06/2012-11/07/2012); BankArt 1929 NYK Studio, Yokohama, Japan (2012-11-02_2012-11-05&2012-); Church at Azumino, Nagano, Japan (2012-11-02_2012-11-05&2012-); Lake Sagami Hall, Kanagawa, Japan (2012-11-02_2012-11-05&2012-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1976

>Reich, Steve : New York Counterpoint
  • Performer: Kuniko Kato (Marimba)
  • Notes: BankArt 1929 NYK Studio, Yokohama, Japan (08/04/2012-08/08/2012); Church at Azumino, Nagano, Japan (08/04/2012-08/08/2012); Lake Sagami Hall, Kanagawa, Japan (08/04/2012-08/08/2012); BankArt 1929 NYK Studio, Yokohama, Japan (11/06/2012-11/07/2012); Church at Azumino, Nagano, Japan (11/06/2012-11/07/2012); Lake Sagami Hall, Kanagawa, Japan (11/06/2012-11/07/2012); BankArt 1929 NYK Studio, Yokohama, Japan (2012-11-02_2012-11-05&2012-); Church at Azumino, Nagano, Japan (2012-11-02_2012-11-05&2012-); Lake Sagami Hall, Kanagawa, Japan (2012-11-02_2012-11-05&2012-)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1985

>Arvo Pärt (1935 - ) : Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten, for string orchestra & bell
  • Performer: Kuniko Kato (Marimba)
  • Notes: BankArt 1929 NYK Studio, Yokohama, Japan (08/04/2012-08/08/2012); Church at Azumino, Nagano, Japan (08/04/2012-08/08/2012); Lake Sagami Hall, Kanagawa, Japan (08/04/2012-08/08/2012); BankArt 1929 NYK Studio, Yokohama, Japan (11/06/2012-11/07/2012); Church at Azumino, Nagano, Japan (11/06/2012-11/07/2012); Lake Sagami Hall, Kanagawa, Japan (11/06/2012-11/07/2012); BankArt 1929 NYK Studio, Yokohama, Japan (2012-11-02_2012-11-05&2012-); Church at Azumino, Nagano, Japan (2012-11-02_2012-11-05&2012-); Lake Sagami Hall, Kanagawa, Japan (2012-11-02_2012-11-05&2012-)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1977-1980

>Arvo Pärt (1935 - ) : Fratres
  • Performers: Kuniko Kato (Vibraphone); Kuniko Kato (Marimba)
  • Notes: BankArt 1929 NYK Studio, Yokohama, Japan (08/04/2012-08/08/2012); Church at Azumino, Nagano, Japan (08/04/2012-08/08/2012); Lake Sagami Hall, Kanagawa, Japan (08/04/2012-08/08/2012); BankArt 1929 NYK Studio, Yokohama, Japan (11/06/2012-11/07/2012); Church at Azumino, Nagano, Japan (11/06/2012-11/07/2012); Lake Sagami Hall, Kanagawa, Japan (11/06/2012-11/07/2012); BankArt 1929 NYK Studio, Yokohama, Japan (2012-11-02_2012-11-05&2012-); Church at Azumino, Nagano, Japan (2012-11-02_2012-11-05&2012-); Lake Sagami Hall, Kanagawa, Japan (2012-11-02_2012-11-05&2012-)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1991

>Davies, Hywel : Purl Ground, for marimba
  • Performer: Kuniko Kato (Percussion)
  • Notes: BankArt 1929 NYK Studio, Yokohama, Japan (08/04/2012-08/08/2012); Church at Azumino, Nagano, Japan (08/04/2012-08/08/2012); Lake Sagami Hall, Kanagawa, Japan (08/04/2012-08/08/2012); BankArt 1929 NYK Studio, Yokohama, Japan (11/06/2012-11/07/2012); Church at Azumino, Nagano, Japan (11/06/2012-11/07/2012); Lake Sagami Hall, Kanagawa, Japan (11/06/2012-11/07/2012); BankArt 1929 NYK Studio, Yokohama, Japan (2012-11-02_2012-11-05&2012-); Church at Azumino, Nagano, Japan (2012-11-02_2012-11-05&2012-); Lake Sagami Hall, Kanagawa, Japan (2012-11-02_2012-11-05&2012-)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 24 sec.
  • Written: 2011

>Arvo Pärt (1935 - ) : Spiegel im Spiegel
  • Performers: Kuniko Kato (Marimba); Kuniko Kato (Bells)
  • Notes: BankArt 1929 NYK Studio, Yokohama, Japan (08/04/2012-08/08/2012); Church at Azumino, Nagano, Japan (08/04/2012-08/08/2012); Lake Sagami Hall, Kanagawa, Japan (08/04/2012-08/08/2012); BankArt 1929 NYK Studio, Yokohama, Japan (11/06/2012-11/07/2012); Church at Azumino, Nagano, Japan (11/06/2012-11/07/2012); Lake Sagami Hall, Kanagawa, Japan (11/06/2012-11/07/2012); BankArt 1929 NYK Studio, Yokohama, Japan (2012-11-02_2012-11-05&2012-); Church at Azumino, Nagano, Japan (2012-11-02_2012-11-05&2012-); Lake Sagami Hall, Kanagawa, Japan (2012-11-02_2012-11-05&2012-)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1978