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Takemitsu: Complete Works for Piano


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Although the composer once admitted that he took the title for Rain Tree Sketch from a can of shaving foam, the piece and several others in this invaluable collection share a watery theme which links them back to the music of Debussy as well as the more obvious influence of Messiaen. This collection of Takemitsu’s piano music is filled with a quizzical air and often touches of oblique humor, as though someone is smiling, somewhere. With warm, softly resounding chords and pitter-pattering melodic motifs above, Takemitsu’s piano so often evokes rain gently falling on earth and leaves. There are bright, brisk flashes of light as well as a pervasive undertone of melancholy, which in a work such as Les Yeux Clos can be accounted for by the work’s nature as a memorial to a friend. The poetic title of For Away is matched by the distant reverie of its notes: ‘my expression of extolment,’ according to the composer, ‘and an offering to the Galaxy of Life – a galaxy that is not the sole domain of mankind.’ This is among the most harmonically spare and experimental works on the album, whereas Litany draws inspiration from Eastern modes as well as their reinterpretation at the hands of Debussy and Messiaen. Perhaps the boldest piece Takemitsu wrote for piano is Piano Distance, which is notated without a clear metre in the hyper-distilled style of Webern. Born in 1987, the Belgian pianist Lukas Huisman has made a speciality of new music, studying with the likes of Ian Pace and Geoffrey Douglas Madge. Through these and other teachers he has immersed himself in the complex worlds of Brian Ferneyhough and Kaiksohru Sorabji, among others, requiring a phenomenal technique as well as an appetite for the unfamiliar and challenging.
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Item number PCL10147
Barcode 5029365101479
Release date 7/27/2018
Category Classical Music
Label PIANO CLASSICS
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 1
Performers
Classical Artist Huisman, Lukas
Disc: 1
Ame no ki sobyo II (Rain Tree Sketch II), "In memo00:04:15
1 Ame no ki sobyo II (Rain Tree Sketch II), "In memo 00:03:24 Huisman, Lukas
Les yeux clos II00:08:17
2 Les yeux clos II 00:08:11 Huisman, Lukas
Ame no ki (Rain Tree Sketch)00:04:35
3 Ame no ki (Rain Tree Sketch): Rain Tree Sketch 00:04:29 Huisman, Lukas
Les yeux clos00:06:53
4 Les yeux clos 00:06:25 Huisman, Lukas
Piano Pieces for Children00:02:24
5 No. 1. Breeze 00:00:49 Huisman, Lukas
6 No. 2. Clouds 00:01:37 Huisman, Lukas
For away00:07:17
7 For away 00:06:05 Huisman, Lukas
Piano Distance00:04:56
8 Piano Distance 00:04:59 Huisman, Lukas
Saegirarenai kyusoku (Uninterrupted Rest)00:06:43
9 I. Slowly, sadly and as if to converse with 00:01:56 Huisman, Lukas
10 II. Quietly and with a cruel reverberation 00:03:06 Huisman, Lukas
11 III. A song of love 00:01:18 Huisman, Lukas
Litany00:10:22
12 I. Adagio (con rubato) 00:05:06 Huisman, Lukas
13 II. Lento misterioso 00:04:55 Huisman, Lukas
Romance00:04:15
14 Romance 00:04:17 Huisman, Lukas
De Brauwer: Something, Something: 'n' Rain 'n' Suc00:06:00
15 De Brauwer: Something, Something: 'n' Rain 'n' Suc 00:05:35 Huisman, Lukas
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