Toru Takemitsu, Takemitsu: String Around Autumn (A) / I Hear The Water Dreaming / A Way A Lone Ii

James Jolly

By James Jolly

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
A perfect introduction to Takemitsu’s subtle, dreamy, atmospheric music.

The Japanese composer Tōru Takemitsu possessed one of the most fascinating musical voices of the last century. He was a prolific film score composer and his ability to create mood combined with an almost Gallic feeling for instrumental colour make his music some of the most beautiful to have fused the East and West. This album collects a number of works for soloist and orchestra, making for a perfect introduction to Takemitsu's music. Sharon Bezaly's playing in "I Hear the Water Dreaming" is quite ravishing — you can almost smell this music, it is so immediate and sensual. The violist Philip Dukes, too, makes the most of the dreamy world proposed in "A String Around Autumn" and he is superbly accompanied by the BBC Welsh players under Otaka. Noriko Ogawa makes the most of "riverrun"; she perfectly judges the moment when the orchestra leaves her to play against silence — a miraculous effect. This is subtle, dreamy, atmospheric music.