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Conductor Jun Märkl once again features on a new release of orchestral music by the Japanese composer, Toshio Hosokawa. The series now reaches Volume 3 and presents Hosokawa's most recent works. The programme also introduces a new, vocal element to his unique sound world in pieces that were written in the tragic aftermath of the 2011 tsunami in Japan. All the soloists on the recording are those who gave the world premieres of the works.

HOSOKAWA, Toshio: Orchestral Works, Vol. 3
Toshio HOSOKAWA (b. 1955)
Orchestral Works, Vol. 3
Meditation – to the victims of Tsunami 3.11
Nach dem Sturm 1 • Klage 2 • Autumn Wind 3

Susanne Elmark 1 and Ilse Eerens 1, Sopranos
Mihoko Fujimura, Mezzo-soprano 2 • Tadashi Tajima, Shakuhachi 3
Basque National Orchestra • Jun Märkl

The orchestral triptych of Meditation, Nach dem Sturm and Klage is award-winning composer Toshio Hosokawa’s response to the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. Meditation mourns the victims with a quiet song of sorrow, Nach dem Sturm uses shamanic elements to suggest stormy darkness and the hope of light, while the healing Klage seeks to connect our world with the supernatural. Autumn Wind unifies man and nature through the timeless sound of the shakuhachi.

About the Artists
Jun Märkl © Christiane Höhne
Jun Märkl was music director of the Orchestre National de Lyon from 2005 to 2011 and principal conductor/artistic advisor of the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony until 2012. He also enjoys a close relationship with the NHK Symphony with which he conducted the first Japanese Ring cycle in Tokyo, and has performed and given premieres of many of Toshio Hosokawa’s works. Jun Märkl is a highly respected interpreter of the core Germanic symphonic and operatic repertoire. More recently, he has become noted for his refined, idiomatic performances of music by Debussy, Ravel and Messiaen.
Basque National Orchestra
The Basque National Orchestra (BNO) is one of the leading symphonic ensembles in Spain. It collaborates with some of the world’s most outstanding artists and has undertaken sixteen international tours, acting as an ambassador for Basque culture. It has performed in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, the UK and Italy. The BNO was created in April 1982, fostered and developed by the Basque Government Department of Culture.
Previous releases in the Hosokawa Orchestral Music series
Orchestral Works, Vol. 1
Moment of Blossoming
Lotus under the moonlight • Chant

Dohr • Kodama • Karttunen
Royal Scottish National Orchestra • Märkl
“I was never bored listening to the release straight through. The performances are topnotch all the way around,
and the sound is fine.”
American Record Guide
Orchestral Works, Vol. 2
Woven Dreams • Blossoming II
Circulating Ocean

Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Orchestre National de Lyon • Märkl
“The three pieces here reinforce Hosokawa’s commitment to poetic representations of human presences in the natural world”
Previous recordings by Jun Märkl
“Charming music from Saint-Saëns in relaxed and nicely shaped performances.”
Pizzicato ★★★★
“The performances from the Lille orchestra
are lissom and deft.”
The Guardian ★★★★
“Märkl and the orchestra give solid performances that convey Wagner’s youthful ambition and growing confidence at the beginning of his career.”
International Record Review ★★★★
Complete Orchestral Works

Orchestre National de Lyon • Märkl
“Impressively plated and imaginatively conducted performances.”
International Record Review
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