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Cosmos of Toshi Ichiyanagi III - 1960s & 1990s


Release Date: 07/27/1999 
Label:  Camerata Records   Catalog #: 552/53   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Toshi Ichiyanagi
Performer:  Norio SatoDogen KinowakiKeiko HaradaYuji Takahashi,   ... 
Conductor:  Hiroyuki Iwaki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble NomadTokyo Philharmonic OrchestraOrchestra Ensemble Kanazawa,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 35 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Toshi Ichiyanagi was born in Kobe, Japan. He studied composition with Kishio Hiaro and John Cage, and piano with Cheiko Hara and Beveridge Webster. The music on the first disc comes from the sixties. Parallel Music is the composer's first taped electronic work and was commissioned by the NHK Electronic Music Studio. The Duet is for piano and stringed instrument. The string part can be played with violin, viola, cello or contrabass. On this CD a violin is used. The basic conception of the Symphony No. 5 is time. It is based on the theme of the composer's opera Momo which is also about time. The composer writes: "In this world we can find so many varieties of time. For instance, there are the changes of the four seasons, the growth of a Read more tree, the gradual formation of sandunes by the wind or sandy beaches by the oceans. This music also refers to the element of time that occurs in music and even in life." About his Piano Concerto the composer writes: "This is one of my three orchestra works reflecting my thoughts on the human social condition as seen through water. Thus the title Cross Water Roads." The String Quartet No. 3 was composed in 1996 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the New Arts String Quartet. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Music for Electric Metronomes by Toshi Ichiyanagi
Performer:  Norio Sato (), Dogen Kinowaki (), Keiko Harada (),
Yuji Takahashi (), Kenji Kobayashi ()
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Nomad
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960 
Date of Recording: 09/07/1998 
Venue:  Kimitsu Shimin Bunka Hall, Chiba, Japan 
Length: 15 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Notes: This work is performed using electric metronomes in addition to other sound-making objects and instruments. 
2. For Strings by Toshi Ichiyanagi
Performer:  Kenji Kobayashi (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1961 
Date of Recording: 09/07/1998 
Venue:  Kimitsu Shimin Bunka Hall, Chiba, Japan 
Length: 7 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Notes: This work is performed simultaneously with 'Music for Piano no 2' and 'Music for Piano no 6.' 
3. Music for Piano no 4 by Toshi Ichiyanagi
Performer:  Toshi Ichiyanagi (Piano), Yuji Takahashi (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960 
Date of Recording: 09/07/1998 
Venue:  Kimitsu Shimin Bunka Hall, Chiba, Japan 
Notes: This work is performed simultaneously with 'For Strings' and 'Music for Piano no 6.' 
4. Duetto by Toshi Ichiyanagi
Performer:  Kenji Kobayashi (Violin), Yuji Takahashi (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1961 
Date of Recording: 09/07/1998 
Venue:  Kimitsu Shimin Bunka Hall, Chiba, Japan 
Length: 12 Minutes 33 Secs. 
5. Parallel Music by Toshi Ichiyanagi
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962 
Date of Recording: 1962 
Venue:  NHK Electric Music Studio, Tokyo, Japan 
Length: 9 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Notes: This work was created utilizing an electronic tape.
This selection is an AAD recording. 
6. Symphony no 5 "Time Perspective" by Toshi Ichiyanagi
Conductor:  Hiroyuki Iwaki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1997 
Date of Recording: 06/30/1997 
Venue:  NHK Broadcasting Center, Tokyo, Japan 
Length: 17 Minutes 48 Secs. 
7. Concerto for Piano no 3 "Cross Water Roads" by Toshi Ichiyanagi
Performer:  Kaori Kimura (Piano)
Conductor:  Hiroyuki Iwaki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1991 
Date of Recording: 10/20/1992 
Venue:  Kanazawa Hall, Ishikawa, Japan 
Length: 17 Minutes 22 Secs. 
8. Quartet for Strings no 3 "Inner-Landscape" by Toshi Ichiyanagi
Performer:  Sumiko Edo (Viola), Masaharu Kanda (Cello), Kenji Kobayashi (Violin),
Masanobu Hirao (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Arts String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1994 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Saitama Arts Theater, Japan 
Length: 13 Minutes 49 Secs. 
9. Music for Piano no 6 by Toshi Ichiyanagi
Performer:  Toshi Ichiyanagi (Piano), Yuji Takahashi (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1961 
Date of Recording: 09/07/1998 
Venue:  Kimitsu Shimin Bunka Hall, Chiba, Japan 
Notes: This work is performed simultaneously with 'For Strings' and 'Music for Piano no 4.' 

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