YOSHINAO NAKADA (1923-2000): Cherry Alley, The Lullaby, Dandelions, When I Feel Sad, Talking with the Mist, A Horned Owl, Gate to the Unknown World, 7 Songs of Japanese Toys, 6 Children's Songs, 8 Children's Songs.

Catalogue Number: 09N057

Label: Acte Préalable

Reference: AP0214

Format: CD

Price: $16.98

Description: A composer primarily of piano pieces for children, choral works and songs, Nakada has appeared as part of all-Japanese collections of songs and piano music on several BIS discs but he weirdly gets a full disc all to himself courtesy of this Polish label (the soprano spent two years in Japan concertizing and teaching). Nakada was most concerned with giving pleasure and being beautiful, so accessibility is not a problem. Techniques include French Impressionism, the Germanic lied style and, of course, Japanese pentatonicism. Certainly unusual repertoire which will please any collector of 20th century song. Japanese-English texts. Waleria Przelaskowska-Rokita (mezzo), Witold Woloszynski (piano).

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