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Songs of Solitude

Songs of Solitude was conceived by the violist Hiyoli Togawa at a time when a virus was forcing people across the world into isolation and she herself needed to find a new rhythm of life as concert after concert was being cancelled. As she relates in the booklet to the disc, playing Bach – music that combines powerful emotions with a crystal-clear structure – became part of her daily routine, along with walks along the empty streets of Berlin. During these, the importance of remaining creative became even clearer to her, along with the idea to offer people the opportunity through music to reflect upon the difficulties of living through a pandemic. Having recently collaborated with the composer Kalevi Aho, she came upon the idea of asking him and a number of other composers to write for her – pieces that would ‘reflect life and work in the time of the coronavirus and that distil isolation in music’.

The result is Songs of Solitude – works for solo viola commissioned from 11 different composers and interwoven with sarabandes from Bach’s cello suites. The individual pieces range from the meditative (Toshio Hosokawa reminiscing in his version of the traditional Sakura) to the defiant (Johanna Doderer’s Shadows). Some of them even provided Hiyoli with musical company – Aho’s Am Horizont requires her to play two parts on the viola while singing a third, and the piece by John Powell is written for nine voices, recorded in multitrack. The album was recorded in Berlin during three periods, June to October 2020, as the various pieces arrived and the restrictions in place at the time permitted.
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Hosokawa, Toshio
01 Sakura / Solitude 03:42 $ 0.89 USD
  Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian
  Cello Suite No. 4 in E flat major, BWV 1010
02 Sarabande 04:16 $ 1.02 USD
  Composer: Doderer, Johanna
03 Shadows 04:09 $ 1.00 USD
  Composer: Serebrier, José
04 Nostalgia 04:03 $ 0.97 USD
  Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian
  Cello Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007
05 Sarabande 02:30 $ 0.60 USD
  Composer: Mansurian, Tigran
06 Ode an die Stille 03:00 $ 0.72 USD
  Composer: Oshima, Michiru
07 Silence 03:51 $ 0.92 USD
  Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian
  Cello Suite No. 3 in C major, BWV 1009
08 Sarabande 03:28 $ 0.83 USD
  Composer: Aho, Kalevi
09 Am Horizont 05:23 $ 1.29 USD
  Composer: Powell, John
10 Perfect Time for a Spring Cleaning 03:47 $ 0.91 USD
  Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian
  Cello Suite No. 5 in C minor, BWV 1011
11 Sarabande 03:31 $ 0.84 USD
  Composer: Spinei, Cristina
12 Keep Moving 02:40 $ 0.64 USD
  Composer: Samuel, Rhian
13 Salve Nos 05:24 $ 1.30 USD
  Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian
  Cello Suite No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008
14 Sarabande 04:20 $ 1.04 USD
  Composer: Prokofiev, Gabriel
  Five Impressions of Self-Isolation 11:58
15 Calling Out… 03:09 $ 0.76 USD
16 Wine for One 03:33 $ 0.85 USD
17 Only Birds in the Sky 01:23 $ 0.33 USD
18 How Many Weeks...? 02:16 $ 0.54 USD
19 Back to the English Garden 01:37 $ 0.39 USD
  Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian
  Cello Suite No. 6 in D major, BWV 1012
20 Sarabande 04:46 $ 1.14 USD
  Composer: Gardella, Federico
21 Consolation 05:28 $ 1.31 USD
  Album total 78:54
ComposerAho, Kalevi
Bach, Johann Sebastian
Doderer, Johanna
Gardella, Federico
Hosokawa, Toshio
Mansurian, Tigran
Oshima, Michiru
Powell, John
Prokofiev, Gabriel
Samuel, Rhian
Serebrier, José
Spinei, Cristina
ViolaTogawa, Hiyoli

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