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Secret Forest

Fujikura: Secret Forest

The Classical Shop
release date: September 2012


Artists:

Art Respirant


Lucerne Percussion Group


Ken Takaseki


Michel Cerutti



Adrian Bradbury

cello

Kate Romano

clarinet

Okeanos

ensemble

Venue:

Coombehurst Studio, University of Kingston


Kioi Hall, Tokyo, Japan


KKL Lucerne, Lucerne Hall, Switzerland



Engineer:

Andrew Post



Record Label
NMC

Genre:

Contemporary




Total Time - 70:36
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DAI FUJIKURA

     
1 

Secret Forest

17:31
 
 Ken Takaseki
     
2 

Rubi(co)n

1:08
 Kate Romano clarinet
     
3 

Phantom Pulse

20:38
 
 Michel Cerutti
     
4 

Eternal Escape

3:50
 Adrian Bradbury cello
     
 

Okeanos

 
5 I Touch of Breeze 1:40
  Okeanos ensemble
6 II Breathing Tides 5:26
  Okeanos ensemble
7 III Cutting Sky 4:31
  Okeanos ensemble
8 IV Sakana 6:46
  Okeanos ensemble
9 V Okeanos Breeze 9:06
  Okeanos ensemble


Dai’s music is inspired by the ’beauty, form and movement of swarms of fish and birds’, and by the vivid colours and textures of sounds. This is explored in Secret Forest, and Okeanos which combines oboe, viola and clarinet with Japanese instruments. Dai’s works are frequently performed to an international audience and he has recently collaborated on a new album with experimental musician David Sylvian.
 

"Dai Fujikura ... has already swept up many prizes, and worked with Boulez and Dudamel. Europe, he says, thinks of him as a Japanese composer. The sensuous, watery influences of Takemitsu, writ large, are certainly audible. He considers himself British and says writing slow, meditative gong music is against his nature. This lively east-west tension is evident in the five works here. Secret Forest (2008) is a riot of imaginative bird and insect noise – a private utopia well worth exploring’"

Fiona Maddocks - The Observer


 "Exceptionally striking pieces, combining mastery of texture and form with a marvellous sense of compositional pacing and gesture. Secret Forest  is especially sublime." *****

Christopher Dingle - BBC Music magazine (Brief Notes section) - September 2012   

 


 "... All the performances do Fujikura proud in their unbridled commitment and attentiveness to the smallest nuance. David Toop provides an illuminating overview of his often unlikely evolution ... Natalie Braune’s cover artwork , too feels entirely appropriate as an adjunct to the music of one of the most distinctive and thought-provoking younger composers."

Richard Whitehouse - Gramophone magazine - Christmas Special edition - December 2012




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