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Yoshimatsu: Piano Concerto "Memo Flora"

The Classical Shop
release date: September 1998

Recorded in 24 Bit / 44.1Khz

Originally recorded in 1997

Artists:

Manchester Camerata


Sachio Fujioka


Jonathan Price

cello

John Barrow

flute

Kate Wilson

harp

Joe Houghton

oboe

Kyoko Tabe

piano*

Venue:

New Broadcasting House, Manchester



Producer:

Ralph Couzens



Engineer:

Don Hartridge



Record Label
Chandos

Genre:

Piano


Orchestral & Concertos

Total Time - 68:46
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Piano Concerto 'Memo Flora', Op. 67*

32:10  
1 I Flower: Andante tranquillo - Allegro 14:25
2 II Petals: Andante 10:41
3 III Bloom: Allegro 6:57
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And Birds Are Still . . ., Op. 72

7:39
  Adagio  
5 

While an Angel Falls into a Doze . . ., Op 73*

12:50
  Adagio tranquillo  
6 

Dream Colored Mobile II, Op. 58a

6:49
  Andante  
 

White Landscapes, Op. 47a

9:33  
7 1 Divination by Snow: Adagio 4:03
8 2 Stillness in Snow: Moderato 3:11
9 3 Disappearance of Snow: Largo 2:11
   
 John Barrow flute
 Joe Houghton oboe
 Kate Wilson harp
 Jonathan Price cello
   
 Kyoko Tabe piano*
 Sachio Fujioka
   
  10-11 May 1998  


The words "Memo Flora" were written by the poet Kenji Miyazawa on the cover of a notebook that contained diagrams for the placement of flowers (melody) in a flowerbed (score). The Piano Concerto: Memo Flora is in three movements, Flower, Petals and Bloom. It was written in 1997 and first performed in 1998 under Sachio Fujioka, and played by its dedicatee, Kyoko Tabe.

And Birds Are Still ... was written as a short elegy for string ensemble. This piece came from an image of birds gathered around a dead comrade. While an Angel Falls into a Doze... is a homage to a dark hymn heard in a clear silence. Six players, consisting of string quartet, double bass player and pianist, are flanked on either side by five string soloists like the wings of an angel.

Dream Colored Mobile I is a work for saxophone, harp and string quartet. In the winter of 1997 it was rearranged for a soloist (oboe, violin or cello) harp and strings, hence Dream Colored Mobile II. White Landscapes consists of three short pieces which describe the Japanese countryside blanketed by snow. Originally for flute, harp and bassoon, they were rearranged for flute, harp, cello and string ensemble.
 

"...Excellent performances and sound engineering add to the beauty of this intriguing disc."

The Ottawa Citizens Weekly - 10 January 1999


              Performance ****      Sound *****

"The more accesible end of contemporary, composition, with congenial performances."

Andy Hamilton - Classic CD - Christmas 1998


"Manchester Camerata make their debut on the Chandos label with an interesting set of works by a living Japanese composer ... the real discovery is Yoshimatsu’s While An Angel Falls Into A Doze. Written this year, it’s a remarkable peice and reveals the Camerata at their best."

Robert beale - Manchester Evening News - 25 September 1998


                     Performance ****      Sound ****

"The style is international pastel: quiet, tonal, cool. Yoshimatsu’s concerto is delicately melodic and playful. Strongest are the elegiac And Birds Are Still, and While an Angel Falls into a Doze..., with Pärt-like textures..."

Robert Maycock - BBC Music magazine - February 1999





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