Magazine article Gramophone

Hosokawa: Arc Song

Magazine article Gramophone

Hosokawa: Arc Song

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Arc Song (a). Lied (b). Stunden-Blumen: Hommage a Olivier Messiaen (c).

Voyage-VIII (d); X, 'Nozarashi' (e)

"Helen Bledsoe fl (a) Peter Vealeo ob (d) "Melvyn Poore tuba (e) Tadashi Tajima shakuhachib (b) Ulrich Loftier pf

(a) Mirjam Schroder hp (a)(c)(e) Ensemble Musikfabrik / (d) Peter Rundel, (e) Ilan Volkov

Wergo (F) WER6860-2 (57' * DDD)

The music of Toshio Hosokawa (b 1955) is often said to synthesise Eastern philosophy (Zen Buddhism) with Western aesthetics (Expressionism). But 'synthesis' suggests something stable, and Hosokawa's distinctiveness lies in his ability to confront the obvious cultural tensions between the Japan of his birth and the Germany of his compositional studies in a constructive spirit that does justice to the complexity of the technical and spiritual factors involved.

In these recordings, made between 2009 and 2013, Hosokawa has the advantage of working with Musikfabrik, one of the very best specialist contemporary-music ensembles, and with recording teams sensitive to the delicate textural ebbing and flowing on which his music depends. …

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