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Andrew Timar
The WholeNote, December 2018

I find Klage the most moving and musically convincing. Based on a poem and fragments of letters by Austrian poet Georg Trakl (1887–1914), Klage rages against human life taken by the ocean. Haunting images in the lyrics—a shattered body, lamenting dark voices, a lonely boat sinking in stormy seas under “unblinking stars”—are reflected in the music.

Hosokawa masterfully unleashes the full power of the contemporary symphony orchestra in Klage. It’s underscored by the emotional power of the female voice, here eloquently rendered by mezzo-soprano Mihoko Fujimura, which serves as the work’s consoling mother figure. © 2018 The WholeNote Read complete review

Stephanie Boyd
American Record Guide, November 2018

The Basque Orchestra does its job spectacularly, and Jun Markl’s patience and expert timing is necessary and well placed. © 2018 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

David Denton
David's Review Corner, June 2018

The third disc in a comprehensive survey of the orchestral works of the Japanese composer, Toshio Hosokawa, his musical education having taken him to Germany. Born in 1955 in Hiroshima, he has been prolific in his output in almost every genre, his musical language being highly personal, and certainly one of the most interesting in today’s evolving sounds. The works in this new release all date from the 21st century and form a musical trilogy on the theme of nature’s power as demonstrated in the disaster created by the Tsunami of 2011, following an earthquake deep under the sea off the coast of Japan. It placed mankind as being of pathetically little importance on this planet, and the latent force of nature is subtly underlined in the six sections of Meditation - to the victims of Tsunami 3.11. It is a deeply disturbing and often intense score that leads us to the silence that opens Nach dem Sturm the first part of an extended score, of twenty-two minutes, as an orchestral depiction of the onset of a storm. Two soprano voices join the orchestra in Hermann Hesse’s poem Blumen nach einem Unwetter, depicting beautiful flowers caught in a storm. Klage (Lament), is a setting of texts by Georg Trakl recalling the frightening strength of the sea. In vocal terms the second and third parts of the trilogy owe more than a little to the late-romantic era. All three works were written over the period 2011 and 2015, Autumn Winds, completed in 2011, having nothing to do with the ensuing tragedy, but was a reworking of Voyage X written in 2009, both works featuring as the solo instrument, the Shakuhachi, a simple bamboo cylinder. The disc, as a whole, must be exceedingly difficult for conductor and orchestra, as it calls for so many subtle and quiet shades. It is in the persuasive hands of conductor, Jun Märkl, with a fine Spanish orchestra, the recording of remarkable quality in dynamic width and detail. © 2018 David’s Review Corner

Records International, June 2018

Klage was inspired by the image of a woman mourning by the sea. An ‘astronomical pulse’ is established at the outset, with swirling wave motion in the orchestra. This increases in intensity and chaos, while the soloist sings a despairing text and the disturbing poem “Klage”, with its imagery of destruction by water, by Georg Trakl. © 2018 Records International Read complete review

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