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Sat, 02 Sep 2006


Toru Takemitsu, A Flock Descends into the Pentagonal
Garden, Spirit Garden, Dreamtime
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
MArin Alsop
LP, Naxos

Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996) wrote Western music which was often inspired by the gardens of his homeland, and in one piece here, by the Australian aboriginal concept of Dreamtime.

The music is very much rooted in the academic music of that time (and still now in some institutions) which either fully embraced serialism or was looking for a way past but still retaining the jagged rhythmns and interesting tonalities.

Takemitsu saw himself as a conservative with a love for melody -- but don't get the wrong idea, there is melody but of that certain type described. If you like that, you'll like this. (Baron K)

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