Toru Takemitsu (Played by Jim O'Rourke) - Tokyo Realization


(2006) Toru Takemitsu (Played by Jim O'Rourke) - Tokyo Realization (a.k.a 'Translate Takemitsu') / V2
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Japanese-only release of two performances of Toru Takemitsu's 1962 composition "Corona", performed by Jim O'Rourke. "Toru Takemitsu (1931-1996) was a self-taught Japanese composer who combined elements of Eastern and Western music and philosophy to create a unique sound world. Some of his early influences were the sonorities of Debussy, and Messiaen's use of nature imagery and modal scales. There is a certain influence of Webern in Takemitsu's use of silence, and Cage in his compositional philosophy, but his overall style is uniquely his own. Takemitsu believed in music as a means of ordering or contextualizing everyday sound in order to make it meaningful or comprehensible. His philosophy of "sound as life" lay behind his incorporation of natural sounds, as well as his desire to juxtapose and reconcile opposing elements such as Orient and Occident, sound and silence, and tradition and innovation. From the beginning, Takemitsu wrote highly experimental music involving improvisation, graphic notation, unusual combinations of instruments and recorded sounds. The result is music of great beauty and originality. It is usually slowly paced and quiet, but also capable of great intensity. The variety, quantity and consistency of Takemitsu's output are remarkable considering that he never worked within any kind of conventional framework or genre. In addition to the several hundred independent works of music, he scored over ninety films and published twenty books."-Steven Coburn, All Music

1. Corona for Pianist(s) Written by Toru Takemitsu: Tokyo Realizaton 1 (26:19)
2. Corona for Pianist(s) Written by Toru Takemitsu: Tokyo Realizaton 2 (25:05)

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks a lot!!!!

Ochyming said...

A Jewel!

THX!

continuo said...

Thanks for this one. These sparse, prepared piano pieces don't sound like Takemitsu at all, though, as far as I can tell. A very interesting project, anyway.

namakemono said...

I'm not usually one for extended pieces on the ipod, but there's something otherworldly about these recordings... and return to them often. Their atmosphere and abruptness; the use of space, texture and tonality is quite incredible, and reminds me of some of Morricone's early '70s work, sans melodic structure. This is music to immerse oneself in. An international release certainly wouldn't go amiss.

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