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Grant Chu Covell
La Folia, November 2014

…“Moment of Blossoming” is one of the strangest, near-non-concertos ever. The solo horn emerges, offers long lines and hushed gestopft tones over a smooth orchestra. Hosokawa has created a sliver of a horn that floats over the orchestra, sometimes vanishing, sometimes emerging.

This will be a series to watch. © 2014 La Folia Read complete review

Stephen Estep
American Record Guide, September 2014

…I was never bored listening to the release straight through. The performances are topnotch all the way around, and the sound is fine. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Marc Rochester
Gramophone, June 2014

Momo Kodoma for whom Hosokawa wrote his piano concerto…holds us in thrall throughout; and while the music is again inspired by the lotus flower, distant allusions to the slow movement of Mozart’s 23rd Piano Concerto give it a more clearly defined outline, to which Märkl responds unreservedly, drawing magically delicate colours and rich textural intricacies from what is a profoundly attractive score. © 2014 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

James Manheim, May 2014

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra […] performs admirably in this rather difficult material. © 2014 Read complete review

Andrew Clements
The Guardian, April 2014

What is impressive […] is the quality of the performances under Jun Märkl. © 2014 The Guardian Read complete review

The Classical Reviewer, April 2014

Stefan Dohr brings some fine playing, drawing lovely textures and rare harmonic sounds. © 2014 The Classical Reviewer Read complete review

Ettore Garzia
Percorsi Musicali, March 2014

In the paranatural world of Hosokawa we find the suspensive instinct of a part of the artistic personality of Ligeti and Xenasis combined with Eastern religious sense and a distorted lens of the classicism of Western music…the latter takes on the task of providing the spark of inspiration useful for building a wonderful and metaphysical musical trance. Hosokawa is a careful observer of the concept of beauty. A beauty that is seen with oriental eyes, which vanishes with the depletion of the performance, but it is in this stalemate caused by the incredible emptying of the themes that we see the greatness of this composer. © 2014 Percorsi Musicali Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, March 2014

Born in 1955, Toshio Hosokawa has become one of today’s leading Japanese composers who are taking their musical world into the twenty-first century. With both musical feet planted in tonality, his works often link nature and mankind…His orchestration follows European traditions, a fact immediately made clear in the Horn Concerto with its subtitle, Moment of Blossoming, the horn not viewed in its usual guise as a heroic instrument, but one that pictures the blossoming of the lotus flower. That theme continues in the Piano Concerto, Lotus under the moonlight…it does not forget that the beauty of the flower eventually dies. Chant is, by any other name, a cello concerto, and uses as its influence the ceremonial music of Japanese Buddhism. I imagine Hosokowa is delighted with the performance by Anssi Karttunen, while Stefan Dohr…and the much acclaimed Japanese pianist, Momo Kodama, complete the solo line-up. I have the greatest admiration for the Scottish orchestra who recorded these extremely difficult scores in just two days. Excellent sound. © 2014 David’s Review Corner

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