Mstation Classical Reviews
pre Dec 04 reviews are here
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)