Notes and Editorial Reviews
The orchestral triptych of ‘Meditation, Nach dem Sturm’ and ‘Klage’ is award-winning composer Toshio Hosokawa’s response to the 2011 Tohuku earthquake and tsunami. Meditation mourns the victims with a quiet song of sorrow, Nach dem Sturm uses shamanic elements to suggest stormy darkness and the hope of light, while the healing Klage seeks to connect our world with the supernatural. ‘Autumn Wind’ unifies man and nature through the timeless sound of the shakuhachi. The collaboration between Naxos and composer Toshio Hosokawa has been very fruitful in recent years, and this new release follows on from two collections of orchestral works conducted by Jun Markl. Volme 1 of these “draws magically delicate colors and rich textural intricacies from what is a profoundly attractive score.” (Gramophone on Lotus under the moonlight), and volume 2 “reinforce Hosokawa’s commitment to poetic representations of human presences in the natural world.” (Gramophone). World-class vocal soloists in this recording include Danish soprano Susanne Elmark who has produced an aria recital for Naxos Denmark and mezzo-soprano Mihoko Fujimura whose recordings include Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony as part of Christian Thielemenn’s Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra recordings on C Major. Tadashi Tajima is one of today’s most respected shakuhachi players, having performed around the world.