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Cosmos Haptic: Contemporary Piano Music from Japan

1. 湯浅譲二 Joji Yuasa: 内触覚的宇宙 Cosmos Haptic
2. 武満徹 Toru Takemitsu: 閉じた眼Ⅱ Les yeux clos II
3. 三善晃 Akira Miyoshi: ピアノのためにⅠ Pour le piano I
4. 三善晃 Akira Miyoshi: ピアノのためにⅡ Pour le piano II
5. 野平一郎 Ichiro Nodaïra: 響きの歩み Pas de résonance
6. 細川俊夫 Toshio Hosokawa: ピエール・ブーレーズのための俳句 “Haiku” for Pierre Boulez
7. 原田敬子 Keiko Harada: 無題#1 no title #1
8. 鶴見幸代 Sachiyo Tsurumi: トイ2 Toy 2
9. 藤倉大 Dai Fujikura: もろもろ moromoro

World Première Recordings (Except Yuasa & Takemitsu)


Gracefully expressive

BBC Music Magazine, Michael Church

“For Takemitsu, walking through a garden was a quasi-musical experience, and that’s the feeling one gets from Les yeux clos II, the late work by him in this collection.  Debussy’s sound-world is his source, but he pursues the argument into mystical realms; Hiroaki Takenouchi delivers it with gracefully expressive economy, as he does the eight other piece he has chosen to reflect the pianistic tradition among Japanese composers schooled in the musical ways of the avant-garde West.

The other pieces which stand out here are Joji Yuasa’s exquisite Cosmos Haptic (‘relating to the sense of touch’), in which single notes and terse phrases are dropped like pebbles into a silent pool, and Sachiyo Tsurumi’s exuberant Toy 2 for piano and electronics, in which the piano’s timbre is decorated by gentle gurgles and burps.”

Performance  ★★★★
Recording  ★★★★

Takenouchi will go far

MusicWeb International, Mark Sealey

“This is a sumptuous, relaxed, languorous CD of nine spare – yet also explosive – Japanese contemporary pieces for piano.  It is as much an act of love as it is of exposition of new music.  The composers have been chosen by Hiroaki Takenouchi to represent work from that country of the last half century or so.  They reveal an intensity with – and, really, a sort of authority over – melody, texture, rhythm and what the instrument can do.  This intensity, this sense of command, can amaze, if we enter this sound-world as receptive listeners”

“a recital of real depth and interpretative strength […] here is beautiful, accomplished and truly delightful music.”

“Miyoshi’s and Nodaïra’s pieces are in contrast with what comes immediately before and with Hosokawa’s “Haiku”, which follows it, in that they have more pace, more evident animation.  The “Haiku” homage to Boulez shares some of the latter’s sound-world: clusters, vertical groupings, a love of sound for sound’s sake, sporadic interjections which serve to imply the melodic lines, rather than define them in linear fashion.  Here Takenouchi is at his poetic best.  Pauses, attacks, holding of notes – such techniques seem aimed at stretching the limits of pianism, without self-consciousness.  In fact they plunge us right into the essence of best practice and great creativity for the instrument.”

“This is emphatically and unashamedly modern, at times dissonant and aggressively uncompromising playing of honest, crystalline music.  Takenouchi (just 30 years old) is based in London, where he studied with the late Yonty Solomon.  He will go far.  His sureness of touch and dramatically clear and clean insight are ideally suited to this music and to the world it inhabits.  For something new, different, yet essentially full of integrity, beauty and creativity, this CD is well worth a look.”

Further recordings
Danza Gaya: music for two pianos

Lyrita Recorded Edition SRCD433

Sterndale Bennett & Mendelssohn: Piano Sextets

Artalinna ATL-A039

Rarities of Piano Music from the 2021 Festival at Schloss vor Husum (Live)

Danacord DACOCD939

Pianist Hiroaki Takenouchi - Sterndale Bennett And Schumann
Sterndale Bennett and Schumann

Artalinna ATL-A018

Rarities of Piano Music at ‘Schloss vor Husum’, Vol. 27 from the 2014 Festival

Danacord Records DACOCD749

Haydn: Keyboard Sonatas

Artalinna ATL-A006

Catoire/Sherwood: Piano Concertos

Dutton Epoch CDLX7287

Reflets dans la Glace: Piano Works by Edwin Roxburgh

NMC Recordings NMCD132

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