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The Art Of The Koto, Volume Four...
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CD

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CH 13189CD CH 13189CD
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RELEASE DATE
11/1/2010

...Works By Miki And Yoshimatsu. "This disk completes the four-volume The Art of the Koto, which features the musical artistry of Nanae Yoshimura. As a companion especially to Vol. 3: Works for Nijugen, it contains three more compositions for the nijugen-koto, a modern version of the koto with twenty strings (instead of the thirteen strings of the traditional koto). This time, however, the focus is on works for nijugen-koto and an ensemble of Japanese traditional instruments, played by members of Pro Musica Nipponia (Nihon Ongaku Shudan). On this disk, two compositions by Minoru Miki can be heard: Tatsuta-no-kyoku written in 1971 is one of his earliest solo compositions for the new instrument nijugen-koto, which was 'invented' in 1969 (track seven). The other is his Concerto Requiem for nijugen-koto solo and an ensemble of Japanese instruments (track one), one of Miki's most important works written in 1981. Tracks two through six include a piece in five movements by the versatile composer Takashi Yoshimatsu (*1953). Originally written in 1998 for nijugen-koto solo and a trio of European instruments, it was newly arranged in 1999 for an ensemble of Japanese instruments to be performed during 'Pro Musica Nipponia the 156th regular concert' on August 8, 2000, in Tokyo."