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Soul of the Koto
Various Artists
Soul of the Koto
Genres: World Music, Pop
 
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Classical and modern music for koto by masters of Ikuta and Yamada schools. Includes Kumoi Rokudan, Midare, and Shiki No Shirabe.

      
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All Artists: Various Artists
Title: Soul of the Koto
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Lyrichord Discs Inc.
Release Date: 3/26/1996
Genres: World Music, Pop
Style: Far East & Asia
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 744457721827, 744457721841

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Classical and modern music for koto by masters of Ikuta and Yamada schools. Includes Kumoi Rokudan, Midare, and Shiki No Shirabe.

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Koto Music for the Soul
Crazy Fox | Chicago, IL USA | 05/21/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a really nice CD of koto music, with a good variety of musical pieces ranging from revered classics to renditions of folk melodies ("Sakura"). All seem to be performed by members of the Ikuta-ryu school, but the selection is eclectic (ecumenical?) with Yamada-ryu and Ikuta-ryu compositions both included. Also the last track features a real oddity, a steel-stringed koto with a strangely resonant metallic sound. Altogether this is fine music.

A lot of Lyrichord's CDs are digital remasters of older albums originally released as LPs, and my sense is that this one is as well (with tracks 7 and 8 added to the CD release). Therefore the sound quality might not be up to exalted contemporary standards of digital refinement, but the digital remastering seems to be competent enough and the CD sounds good enough to me in any case. The quality of musicianship on this album more than makes up for any minor technological deficiencies."