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TAKEMITSU: Piano Music

Now regarded as one of the most important composers of the second half of the twentieth century, Toru Takemitsu was the first Japanese composer to gain international status. This selection of his piano music, extending over 43 years, offers an inclusive overview of his stylistic development from Romance (1949), the nineteen-year-old composer’s earliest surviving piano work, to the hypnotic Rain Tree Sketch II (1992), Takemitsu’s last work for solo piano. The music ranges widely in style from Pause ininterrompue (Uninterrupted rest) (1952-59), which shows the influence of Debussy, Scriabin and Messiaen, and the aleatoric Piano Distance (1961), to the nocturnal and meditative For Away (1973) inspired by Indonesian gamelan music.

Takemitsu, Toru

1.   Romance 00:04:15
  Lento in due movimenti
2.   I. Adagio 00:04:27
3.   II. Lento misteriosamente 00:04:45
  Pause ininterrompue (Uninterrupted Rest)
4.   I. Slowly, sadly and as if to converse with 00:01:56
5.   II. Quietly and with a cruel reverberation 00:03:06
6.   III. A song of love 00:01:18
  Piano Distance
7.   Piano Distance 00:04:16
  For away
8.   For away 00:06:51
  Les yeux clos
9.   Les yeux clos 00:06:17
  Les yeux clos II
10.   Les yeux clos II 00:06:44
  Rain Tree Sketch
11.   Rain Tree Sketch 00:03:35
  Ame no ki sobyo II (Rain Tree Sketch II), "In memoriam Olivier Messiaen"
12.   Ame no ki sobyo II (Rain Tree Sketch II), "In memoriam Olivier Messiaen" 00:04:11
  Piano Pieces for Children
13.   No. 1. Breeze 00:00:49
14.   No. 2. Clouds 00:01:37
  Litany (recomposition of Lento in due movimenti)
15.   I. Adagio 00:04:37
16.   II. Lento misterioso 00:05:12

Total Playing Time: 01:03:56

Takemitsu, Toru

Fukuma, Kotaro

Label: Naxos

Series: Japanese Classics

Genre: Instrumental

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: 8.570261

Barcode: 0747313026173

Physical Release: 09/2007

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