TAKASHI YOSHIMATSU (b.1953): Atom Hearts Club Trio I for Piano Trio, Op. 70d, Atom Hearts Club Trio II for Piano Trio, Op. 79b, Regulus Circuit for Piano, Op. 7, Digital Bird Suite for Flute and Piano, Op. 15, Piano Quartet "Airisha" for Flute, Violin, Cello and Piano, Op. 30, Piano Folio... To a disappeared Pleiad for Piano.
Catalogue Number: 05K120
Description: The titles of the trios give the game away, and Yoshimatsu has done this kind of thing before; r eferencing 1960s and '70s rock music in concert guise. These aren't transcriptions as such, though they produce much the same effect as the Kronos Quartet's briefly fashionable Hendrix arrangement, and would make appropriate companion pieces to it; lively, propulsive, harmonically straightforward essays in bluesy harmonies and, it has to be said, catchy and attractive tunefulness. File under 'guilty pleasure'. What makes the bird digital is not apparent from the booklet unless you read Japanese, but it has a most agreeable song; literally imitative in the third movement of the suite, formalized in evocative little neo-impressionistic tone-pictures in the other movements. The piano quartet is similarly tonal, with some modal inflections and birdlike flutings, altogether attractive; the third movement is vigorous and recalls the rock-inspired trios. Like the improvisatory, new-agey piano solos, some astronomical significance is implied by the title. Yasuko Kawamura (piano) and other un-named soloists.