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Matsumura: Courtyard Of Apsaras / Ravel String Quartet

Release Date: 08/28/2001 
Label:  Camerata Records   Catalog #: 617   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Teizo Matsumura
Performer:  Saburo UekiRyu NoguchiMidori MatsuyaMinoru Nojima,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Music 70Tokyo Piano TrioRavel String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Teizo Matsumura tells us about his music: "To concentrate on my Music for String Quartet and Piano I suspended the efforts on the composition "Symphony No. 1" which I was working on at the time. When I was writing this piece, I abandoned any idea of the traditional European chamber ensemble and instead, created new music, with the alteration and conflict between melodies and sounds. I obtained the idea for Courtyard of Apsaras while looking at the pictures, done in relief, of Apsaras and Devata on the walls of a courtyard of Angkor Wat in Cambodia, reflecting on the mysterious calmness of the space in which they had been dancing for more than eight centuries. My Trio for violin, cello and piano was quite challenging to me. Three independent Read more players rival with each other and at the same time collaborate as an ensemble. This is very difficult but interesting as well. I had long had in the back of my mind, the idea of writing a piece for string quartet, out of a feeling of nostalgia for the great quartet masterpieces Beethoven wrote in his last years. It was a test in which I would be forced to come face to face with the principles of music. In 1961, I began to write a quartet, but along the way I added a piano, and the end result was "Music for String Quartet and Piano." The quartet that I should have written in my thirties came into being in my late sixties. The piece was commissioned by the Kusatu International Summer Music Festival and premiered in 1996." Read less

Works on This Recording

Court of Apsaras by Teizo Matsumura
Performer:  Saburo Ueki (Violin), Ryu Noguchi (Flute), Midori Matsuya (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Music 70
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1971; Japan 
Venue:  Iruma City Auditorium, Saitama, Japan 
Length: 12 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Trio for Piano and Strings by Teizo Matsumura
Performer:  Minoru Nojima (Piano), Hakuro Mohri (Cello), Koichiro Harada (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tokyo Piano Trio
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1985-1987; Japan 
Date of Recording: 10/28/1987 
Venue:  NHK Broadcasting Center, Japan 
Length: 19 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Music for String Quartet and Piano by Teizo Matsumura
Performer:  Zoltán Tóth (Viola), Reiko Kitahama (Violin), Giovanni Battista Fabris (Violin),
Kaori Kimura (Piano), Michel Fonteneau (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ravel String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1961-1962; Japan 
Date of Recording: 08/26/1999 
Venue:  Kusatsu International Hall, Japan 
Length: 17 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Quartet for Strings by Teizo Matsumura
Performer:  Serge Collot (Viola), Christoph Henkel (Cello), Sonoko Numata (Violin),
Saschko Gawriloff (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1996; Japan 
Date of Recording: 08/29/1999 
Venue:  Kusatsu International Hall, Japan 
Length: 13 Minutes 31 Secs. 

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