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SWR Vokalensemble: Japan
By SWR Vokalensemble. By Jo Kondo, Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996), Michio Mamiya (1912-), and Toshio Hosokawa (1955-). Classical, Modern Era. Classical. Listening CD. Naxos #SWR19079CD. Published by Naxos (NX.SWR19079CD).
Item Number: NX.SWR19079CD
Conducted by Marcus Creed.
This is a new installment in the SWR Vokalensemble's country series. It contains excellent performances of rarely performed and recorded choral works. The SWR Vokalensemble is among the best choirs in the world. The accompanying booklet contains the Japanese texts of the works. In its more than 2000-year history Japan has developed its own, independent music, whose principal means of expression are single tones and tonal color, which is used in quite a broad spectrum, including sounds. References to nature and its sounds is another aspect of great significance. This album presents a selection of choral works which were composed after 1950, at a time when a lot of Japanese composers began to free themselves from European and American music as their model and started to develop individual styles. In doing so, they also used elements of Japan's musical tradition and integrated them into their own musical language in various ways.
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Listening CDs are traditional music recordings. Listening CDs make a great educational supplement - hear exceptional professionals play the music you're learning! Or, just enjoy listening to the music you love.