Works of Toru Takemitsu 4
Victor (Japan) 1966
VX-23 (LP) Original pressing. textured gatefold sleeve. w/obi.
sleeve : NM-
media : EX/EX(some slightly noises.)
Released in 1966 as the fourth installment of a series compiling the works of the great Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu, who transcended the framework of contemporary music and undertook various experimental endeavors. A1 and A2 are piano solos by Yuji Takahashi; A1 was composed for Yuji Takahashi and is a further development of the notation Takemitsu has been experimenting with since the 1950s. A2 is a small piece composed from the image of Shuzo Takiguchi's poem. The contrast between the very soft and quiet sound and the eerie melody is very impressive. In A3 and A4, "Son Calligraphy for 8 Strings" depicts an inner landscape with four violins, two violas and a cello under the direction of Hiroshi Wakasugi. The most noteworthy song was "Eclipse"on B1, a long song expressing the eclipse of the sun through the performance of shakuhachi and biwa, traditional Japanese instruments. Although it uses a graphic score devised by Takemitsu, it has strong improvisational elements, and is a wonderful performance with a sense of tension that sublimates the unique spirit of ancient Japan into the modern age. This is original Japanese first pressing.