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Japanese Love Songs


To quote the liner notes, this unusual disc is a kind of love song ‘from and for Japan, the eternal, and eternally fascinating – a country that reconciles every opposite in arts which stretch across millennia, a volcanic comma placed as a breathing space before the Pacific…‘ The acclaimed saxophone player Claude Delangle has long been intrigued by Japan, as demonstrated already ten years ago with the disc ‘The Japanese Saxophone‘ (BIS-CD-890). From that disc we recognize a number of composers (Masakazu Natsuda, Toshio Hosokawa, Fuminori Tanada, Ichiro Nodaira) as well as the percussionist Jean Geoffroy, a longstanding collaborator of Delangle‘s. Unlike the previous, all-Japanese disc, the present programme includes works by two French composers, Bertrand Dubedout and Hacène Larbi, who have also become fascinated by the enigma of Japan. Apart from Ryo Noda‘s Improvisation I for solo saxophone, the programme consists of various combinations of voice, saxophone and percussion. By incorporating vocal works, a further dimension has also been added: the poems used by the various composers span a millennium – from the three poems by court-lady Izumi Shikibu (born c. 976) used in Hosokawa‘s Three Love Songs, to a text by Mikiro Sasaki (b.1947) – and are the fruits of highly different environments: from the imperial court of classical Japan to the thought worlds of Zen monks and the Ainu aboriginal tribe respectively. Mezzo-soprano Marie Kobayashi applies her expertise in contemporary music and her interpretative gifts to this universe of thoughts and feelings, closing the programme with an atmospheric recitation of a poem of unrequited love by Shimazaki Toson, one of the great figures in Japanese 20th century literature.
 
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  Composer: Natsuda, Masakazu
  Two Poems by Ryokan (2005) 14:05
01 Awayuki no… (Light Snow) 05:17 $ 1.11 USD
02 Interlude (instrumental) 03:30 $ 0.74 USD
03 Yume no yoni (Like a Dream) 05:18 $ 1.11 USD
 
 
  Composer: Hosokawa, Toshio
  Three Love Songs (2004) 14:34
04 I. Kurai michi (A Dark Road) 04:52 $ 1.02 USD
05 II. Omoide (Memory) 03:41 $ 0.77 USD
06 III. Hotaru (Firefly) 06:01 $ 1.26 USD
 
 
  Composer: Ifukube, Akira
  First Eclogue after Epos Among Ainu Races (1956)
07 Shine onne ekashi kor shinotcha (Song of an old woman) 04:30 $ 0.95 USD
 
 
  Composer: Tanada, Fuminori
  Duo for mezzo-soprano and soprano saxophone (2006)
08 Duo for mezzo-soprano and soprano saxophone (2006) 06:49 $ 1.43 USD
 
 
  Composer: Noda, Ryo
  Improvisation 1 for alto saxophone solo (1971–73)
09 Improvisation 1 for alto saxophone solo (1971–73) 04:37 $ 0.97 USD
 
 
  Composer: Ifukube, Akira
  Second Eclogue after Epos Among Ainu Races
10 Yaishama ne na (Song of a bird dying in the Northern Sea) 03:51 $ 0.81 USD
 
 
  Composer: Nodaira, Ichiro
  Dashu no sho, for voice and alto saxophone (2003)
11 Dashu no sho, for voice and alto saxophone (2003) 09:35 $ 2.01 USD
 
 
  Composer: Ifukube, Akira
  Third Eclogue after Epos Among Ainu Races
12 Ku-taxkara kusu (Dancing song of a young girl and a witch) 01:31 $ 0.32 USD
 
 
  Composer: Larbi, Hacène
  Matsukaze (2006)
13 Matsukaze (2006) 06:12 $ 1.30 USD
 
 
  Composer: Dubedout, Bertrand
  Ça va commencer ça commence (2004)
14 Ça va commencer ça commence (2004) 12:19 $ 2.59 USD
 
 
  Composer: Shimazaki, Toson
  君がこころは (Kimi ga kokoro wa)
15 君がこころは (Kimi ga
kokoro wa)
01:36 $ 0.34 USD
 
  Album total 01:19:39
SaxophoneDelangle, Claude
PercussionGeoffroy, Jean
Mezzo-sopranoKobayashi, Marie
ComposerDubedout, Bertrand
Hosokawa, Toshio
Ifukube, Akira
Larbi, Hacène
Natsuda, Masakazu
Noda, Ryo
Nodaira, Ichiro
Shimazaki, Toson
Tanada, Fuminori

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