Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Tokyo Gakuso, Tadaaki Ono|
Gagaku: "Gems From Foreign Lands"
Genres: World Music, Pop
Since its formation, Tokyo Gakuso has been very active in the performance of new compositions, as well as long and rarely heard pieces from the classical repertoire. This is the second recording in Celestial Harmonies' ... more »
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Since its formation, Tokyo Gakuso has been very active in the performance of new compositions, as well as long and rarely heard pieces from the classical repertoire. This is the second recording in Celestial Harmonies' series documenting Japanese Gagaku music. Gagaku and Beyond (13179-2), released in 2000, has proven to be an essential addition to the Celestial Harmonies catalogue of important cultural documents.The music recorded on this CD, performed by a full gagakuorchestra of up to 16 musicians and over 20 instruments, represents all three major bodies of gagaku music and dance. Outa (Tracks 1 to 3) is a kuniburi-no-utamai performed only at very special ceremonies, such as those associated with rites of Imperial succession. Tracks 4 to 6 present a kangen (orchestral) performance of the togaku piece Konju, which can also be performed as a dance. In tracks 7 and 8 we are treated to an exceptional performance of the komagaku piece Kitoku in kangen style, with winds, strings, and percussion; it is generally performed as a dance, without the strings. The remaining tracks cover the two genres of accompanied court songs: the roei Harusugi and the saibara Anato, each preceded by the netori, or tuning piece, which establishes the mode in which it is performed. The full instrumentarium of the various gagaku ensembles is made up of wind, string, and percussion instruments. Traditionally, these have been referred to respectively as fukimono (`blown things'), hikimono (`played things') and uchimono (`struck things').This rare and important recording has been put together at the very highest level of expertise. Booklet annotation is provided by Associate Professor Steven G. Nelson, the only Western member on the staff at the new Research Centre for Japanese Traditional Music, Kyoto City University of Arts, Kyoto, Japan.
From one of the players
N.P fairway | Japan | 08/03/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm not a shopper who has bought this album. I'm one of the musicians who played in it. If you are interested in Gagaku, this would be a good one to know what Gagaku is. Because it's not only instrumental music but also includes vocal music like "Kuniburi-no-utamai""Roei""Saibara" which are ones of the tracks in this CD. Most Gagaku CDs or records only contain orchestral music. Even though deep voiced male vocal music is the origin of Gagaku. So I would like you to enjoy the diversity of traditional Japanese music here!"