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Toshio Hosokawa: The Raven
By Charlotte Hellekant, Kentaro Kawase, and United Instruments of Lucilin. By Toshio Hosokawa (1955-). Classical. CD. Naxos #8573724. Published by Naxos (NX.8573724).
Item Number: NX.8573724
Toshio Hosokawa, Japan's pre-eminent living composer, creates his distinctive musical language from the fascinating relationship between western avant-garde art and traditional Japanese culture. Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's 1945 poem, Hosokawa frames his monodrama The Raven as a Japanese Noh play, with its interaction between the human protagonist and an otherworldly animal. Vividly exploring ideas of madness, The Raven conjures up a shadowy and unfamiliar world.