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TAKEMITSU: Piano Music

Composer(s)Takemitsu, Toru
Artist(s) Fukuma, Kotaro, piano
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.570261
Label / Series Naxos / Japanese Classics
Quality   320kbps
  Booklet / liner notes available

Now regarded as one of the most important composers of the second half of the twentieth century, Toru Takemitsu was the first Japanese composer to gain international status. This selection of his piano music, extending over 43 years, offers an inclusive overview of his stylistic development from Romance (1949), the nineteen-year-old composer’s earliest surviving piano work, to the hypnotic Rain Tree Sketch II (1992), Takemitsu’s last work for solo piano. The music ranges widely in style from Pause ininterrompue (Uninterrupted rest) (1952-59), which shows the influence of Debussy, Scriabin and Messiaen, and the aleatoric Piano Distance (1961), to the nocturnal and meditative For Away (1973) inspired by Indonesian gamelan music.

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Work/Track Title Time
TAKEMITSU: Piano Music 1:03:56   
  Romance 4:15       
  Lento in due movimenti          
      I. Adagio 4:27       
      II. Lento misteriosamente 4:45       
  Pause ininterrompue (Uninterrupted Rest)          
      I. Slowly, sadly and as if to converse with 1:56       
      II. Quietly and with a cruel reverberation 3:06       
      III. A song of love 1:18       
  Piano Distance 4:16       
  For away 6:51       
  Les yeux clos 6:17       
  Les yeux clos II 6:44       
  Rain Tree Sketch 3:35       
  Ame no ki sobyo II (Rain Tree Sketch II), "In memoriam Olivier Messiaen" 4:11       
  Piano Pieces for Children          
      No. 1. Breeze 0:49       
      No. 2. Clouds 1:37       
  Litany (recomposition of Lento in due movimenti)          
      I. Adagio 4:37       
      II. Lento misterioso 5:12       
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