, May 2012
TAKEMITSU, T.: From me flows what you call time / SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Symphony No. 5 (Yutaka Sado) (NTSC) 2058748
TAKEMITSU, T.: From me flows what you call time / SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Symphony No. 5 (Yutaka Sado) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) 2058744
In response to the devastating earthquake and tsunami that stuck Japan in March 2011, the Berlin Philharmonic and the media company EuroArts organized this charity concert to aid the victims.
The choice of Toru Takemitsu’s From Me Flows What You Call Time, with an implicit spirituality and reverence of Nature evoked in its extensive, exotic percussive component, symbolically represents the healing force of Time. The five solo percussionists tap, clatter, and clang on bamboo rattles, small hand cymbals, bass marimbas, small bowls, steel drums, and other instruments including colored streamers attached to ceiling chimes, and being able to watch them in their quasi-ritualistic ministrations helps bring the music to life. Meanwhile, Sado coordinates the sweep of the Impressionistically luxurious orchestra, with more than one allusion to La Mer perhaps an ironic inevitability.
…[Sado’s] intense, concentrated Largo emphasizes the music’s [Shostakovich Fifth] anguish, and he storms through the finale, following the current convention of deceleration to a thunderous conclusion. It’s a thoroughly convincing and in some ways gripping performance, thanks in large part to the brilliance of the orchestra.
The visual aspect of the concert is never distracting, and frequently instructive, as the editing follows the music’s progress, shows us relevant instruments from various points of view when appropriate, and captures the conductor’s inspiring energy and enthusiasm. For humanitarian as well as musical reasons, this is definitely an important release. © 2012 Fanfare Read complete review on Fanfare