This release introduces Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu. This special recording was made in Japan and was supervised by the composer himself.
A great way to get to know this composer. The recorded repertoire covers a period from 1957 (Requiem for Strings) until 1994 (Spirit Garden). Because of his great interest in his own cultural and historical background in some of his music Takemitsu includes Japanese traditional instruments like the shakuhachi, a bamboo flute, in November Steps.
This poetic music is a real blend of Eastern and Western ingredients, both musically and otherwise. For instance, quite a number of pieces by Takemitsu are based on Japanese historical gardens. As such he has truly succeeded in creating something new. This is also the case because even when using western instruments, this composer can position them in unusual ways and come up with unexpected combinations, creating an entirely new perspective.