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TORU TAKEMITSU

Toru Takemitsu is among the most important of those Japanese composers who have written music in the Western tradition while preserving a fundamentally Japanese identity, bringing his awareness of Japanese music and its traditions into a remarkable and very original synthesis. He makes use of Western or Japanese instruments, either separately or together, creating his own very individual sound.

Toru Takemitsu was born in Tokyo on 8 October 1930. Although he decided upon a career as a composer when only sixteen, he had little formal training and remained essentially self-taught. Perhaps owing to his having heard recordings of French popular songs in wartime, French music held a special attraction, notably that of Debussy and Messiaen, whose influence can be detected right from his earliest scores. International attention first came when his Requiem for Strings (1957) was hailed as a masterpiece by Stravinsky, and his success abroad was consolidated over the following decade in such scores as November Steps (1967) which, as a 125th anniversary commission from the New York Philharmonic, broke new ground in employing indigenous Japanese instruments within a Western orchestral context.

At the forefront of musical experimentation during the 1960s and early 1970s, Takemitsu thereafter evolved a more approachable but hardly less individual idiom, one in which the fusion of an essentially Japanese ethos with Western techniques (as in the much-played orchestral work A Flock Descends into the Pentagonal Garden [Naxos 8.557760]) gained a following on both sides of the Pacific. Although he wrote the scores for almost a hundred films (such as Kurosawa’s acclaimed Ran), his reputation rests largely on his extensive output of orchestral and chamber music. He died in Tokyo on 20 February 1996.

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20TH CENTURY MUSIC FOR FLUTE AND ORCHESTRA Naxos
8.554185
Orchestral
Artist Profile Series - VAN RAAT, Ralph Naxos
8.578026
Orchestral
Asian Music for String Quartet - TAN, Dun / TAKEMITSU, Toru / GAO, Ping / UNG, Chinary / ZHOU, Long (New Zealand String Quartet) Naxos
8.572488
Chamber Music
Chamber Music - DORMAN, A. / SCHISSI, D. / TOCH, E. / TYWONIUK, D. / RACHMANINOV, S. (Vanish) (Smoke and Mirrors Percussion Ensemble) Yarlung Records
YAR15195
Orchestral
Classical Chill Naxos
8.520101
Orchestral
DAMASE / LAUBER / TAKEMITSU: Music for Flute and Harp BIS
BIS-CD-650
Chamber Music
Discover Music of the Twentieth Century Naxos Educational
8.558168-69
Instrumental
Guitar Recital: Ricardo Gallen Naxos
8.554832
Instrumental
JIŘÍ KYLIÁN EDITION (THE) (10 Blu-ray Disc Box Set) Arthaus Musik
107546
Ballet DVD
JIŘÍ KYLIÁN EDITION (THE) (10 DVD Box Set) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
107545
Ballet DVD
KYLIAN, Jiri: Svadebka / Symphony of Psalms / Torso (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
102115
Ballet DVD
LEAVING HOME: Orchestral Music in the 20th Century (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
102073
Classical Documentary
LEAVING HOME: Orchestral Music in the 20th Century, Vol. 3: Colours (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
102037
Classical Documentary
LINDBERG, M.: Mano a mano / TAKEMITSU, T.: Mori no naka de / HENZE, H.: Guitar Sonata No. 1 (Korhonen) Ondine
ODE1091-2
Instrumental
MIKI / TAKEMITSU / NISHIMURA: Japanese Percussion Music BIS
BIS-CD-462
Chamber Music
MILHAUD: 4 Visages / ENESCU: Concert Piece BIS
BIS-CD-829
Instrumental
Music for Kids CD 9: Music from Planet Earth Naxos Educational
8.558022
Music Education
NAGAI, Yukie: Japanese Piano Music BIS
BIS-CD-766
Instrumental
NATSUDA / NODAIRA / HOSOKAWA: Japanese Saxophone Music BIS
BIS-CD-890
Instrumental
PALSSON, Hans: I Doda Mastares Sallskap, Vol. 5 Naxos
8.554794
Instrumental
PANDA CLASSICS - Issue Nos. 1-3 (3CD box set) Naxos
8.503204
Instrumental
Percussion Music - REICH, S. / HARRISON, L.S. / WHITACRE, E. / TYWONIUK, D. / RAVEL, M. (Smoke and Mirrors Percussion Ensemble) Yarlung Records
YAR87598
Chamber Music
Piano Recital: Kessel, Susanne - MESSIAEN, O. / TAKEMITSU, Toru / MILO, L. (… à Olivier Messiaen) Oehms Classics
OC859
Instrumental
Piano Recital: Oshima-Ryan, Yumiko - TAKEMITSU, Toru / MAMIYA, Michio / HOMMA, Masao / MIYOSHI, Akira (From Afar: Contemporary Japanese Piano Music) Naxos
9.70197
Instrumental
REICH: Electric Counterpoint / TAKEMITSU: All in Twilight BIS
BIS-NL-CD-5019
Instrumental
REVOLUTION DER KLANGE (DIE): Musik im 20. Jahrhundert (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
102072
Classical Documentary
SOLITARY SAXOPHONE (THE) BIS
BIS-CD-640
Instrumental
TAKEMITSU, T.: Toward the Sea / All in Twilight / Ring / Folios (Helasvu) Ondine
ODE839-2
Chamber Music, Instrumental, Chamber Music, Instrumental
TAKEMITSU, Toru: Dorian Horizon / Wind Horse / November Steps (Hiroyuki Iwaki, Kenichiro Kobayashi, Tadashi Mori, Nabuaki Tanaka) Naxos Japan
NYNG-003
Orchestral, Choral - Secular, Concertos, Instrumental
TAKEMITSU, Toru: Original Solo Guitar Works (Complete) (Shin-ichi Fukuda) (Japanese Guitar Music, Vol. 1) Naxos
8.573153
Instrumental
TAKEMITSU: All in Twilight / Folios / In the Woods / 12 Songs BIS
BIS-CD-1075
Instrumental
TAKEMITSU: Chamber Music BIS
BIS-CD-920
Chamber Music, Instrumental, Chamber Music
TAKEMITSU: Flock Descends into the Pentagonal Garden (A) BIS
BIS-CD-760
Orchestral
TAKEMITSU: How Slow the Wind / Tree Line / Archipelago S BIS
BIS-SACD-1078
Orchestral
TAKEMITSU: Orchestral Works Naxos
8.557760
Orchestral
TAKEMITSU: Piano Music Naxos
8.570261
Instrumental
TAKEMITSU: Piano Music BIS
BIS-CD-805
Instrumental
TAKEMITSU: String Around Autumn (A) / I Hear the Water Dreaming / A Way a Lone II BIS
BIS-CD-1300
Concertos, Orchestral, Concertos
TAKEMITSU: Toward the Sea / MIYATA: Kusabue no Koro (Time of the Grass Flute) BIS
BIS-CD-969
Chamber Music, Instrumental
TAKEMITSU: Toward the Sea / Rain Tree / Rain Spell / Bryce Naxos
8.555859
Instrumental, Chamber Music, Instrumental
THEDEEN, Torleif: The Japanese Cello BIS
BIS-CD-876
Chamber Music
Violin Recital: Michiko Kamiya Naxos
8.554401-02
Chamber Music

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