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Art Lange
Fanfare, 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



Philip Clark
Gramophone, March 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

Yutaka Sado is confident enough to carve the space up like a dislocating procession: tinkling percussive charms fade back into the silence that birthed them, held in place by freewheeling logic.

The percussionists…wear the colours of the Tibetan flag, and talking of landmark moments, pull ribbons that shake wind chimes suspended from the ceiling…windows of structural solidity are mirages inside music that otherwise keeps you alert and listening precisely…the ardent power of the slow movement rhymes nicely with a suitably stony-faced finale. © 2012 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone






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