SABURO MOROI (1903-1977): Piano Sonata No. 2, TORU TAKEMITSU (1930-1996): Rain Tree Sketch, SHINICHIRO IKEBE (b.1943): La terre est bleue comme une orange, KEIKO FUJIIE (b.1963): Suite:  On the Water's Edge.

Catalogue Number: 09N051

Label: Hännsler Classic

Reference: CD 98.631

Format: CD

Price: $18.98

Description: The two major works here are Moroi's half-hour long sonata from 1940 and Fujiie's 37-minute suite from 1998-2000. Moroi's represents the pre-World War II German influences on Japanese composers (he studied in Berlin from 1932-34). A three-movement work, Moroi claimed to be inspired by Hindemith, but, along with echoes of Bruckner and Busoni, there is an impulsive, driving romanticism at its heart and, in its structure, key and elements of cyclical nature, Liszt's sonata stands as a clear model. Fujiie's 12-movement suite demonstrates the modern Japanese composer's introspection, pensiveness and inspiration by close contemplation of nature. Although the titles of each movement are picture-postcard-like ("Boating in the Afternoon", "The Chill of Night", "A Pond with a Heron", etc.), the music itself drifts from impressionistic tone-painting to sketching feelings, psychological states and sensitivities often with quick changes of mood. Gerhard Oppitz (piano).

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