Koh, Kazuo & Kosaka Yamada, Sugawara, etc

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COMPOSERS: etc,Kazuo & Kosaka Yamada,Koh,Sugawara
LABELS: BIS
ALBUM TITLE: Collection: Bridges to Japan
WORKS: Works
PERFORMER: Manuela Wiesler (flute), Noriko Ogawa (piano, recitation)
CATALOGUE NO: CD-1059
In the West, Japanese music still means Takemitsu, but a small sample of what preceded him is provided here. The medium of flute and piano might be limiting, but nevertheless this makes for depressing listening – the works are a mixture of faded neo-classicism and wistful Debussian arabesques, with precious few sparks of originality at all. Andrew Clements

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