A String Around Autumn


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A String Around Autumn


Gramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - January 2003



Catalogue No:




Release date:

11th Nov 2002




59 minutes


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A String Around Autumn


Concerto for Viola & Orchestra 'A String Around Autumn'

Philip Dukes (viola)

I Hear the Water Dreaming

Sharon Bezaly (flute)

A Way a Lone II


Noriko Ogawa (piano)



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Toru Takemitsu: A String Around Autumn

A String Around Autumn

Toru Takemitsu: I Hear the Water Dreaming

I Hear the Water Dreaming

Toru Takemitsu: A Way a Lone II

A Way a Lone II

Toru Takemitsu: Riverrun


Gramophone Classical Music Guide


“Since Takemitsu's evolution into selfconfessed Romantic, virtually every major label has released something by him, so Otaka has stiff competition, notably Patrick Gallois's fine reading of Water Dreaming.
A Way A Lone II is included on Rudolf Werthen's admirable survey of Takemitsu's film and concert music. Aided effectively by the soloists, Otaka's interpretations compare well.
In riverrun Takemitsu approached closer to the conventional soloist-ensemble than usual.
Noriko Ogawa, who has recorded the complete piano solos for BIS, judges the balance sensitively, preparing the ground for that moment when the orchestra leaves the piano to decorate the silence with a few farewell notes.
riverrun and A Way A Lone draw inspiration from Finnegans Wake. Leif Hasselgren notes a parallel between the circular structure of Joyce's novel and the way Takemitsu's music seems to 'start from nowhere and disappear into the same nowhere'. For all his acknowledged debt to French Impressionism, and to Japanese traditions, his early interest in electronic music – where sounds appear and fade like headlights on the horizon or plants flowering in a time-lapse film – has undoubtedly had a strong influence.
Sharon Bezaly's flute playing intensifies the feeling that Water Dreaming is a perfect crash-course in later Takemitsu, full of references to his influences yet identifiable at any moment as pure, individual and personal Takemitsu, and always bewitching.”

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