AKIRA MIYOSHI (b.1933): Pour le piano - Mouvement Circulaire et Croisé, Leaves of Sounds, En Vers, Phenomene Sonore & II for 2 Pianos.
Catalogue Number: 05L100
Description: Pour le piano has somewhat in common with Messiaen in its richly colored chromatic harmonic construction and rhythmic complexity. The straightforward tonality and picturesque titles of the little Leaves of Sounds pieces suggest that they are intended for young (though not beginner) pianists, who would undoubtedly find much to enjoy in these characterful and varied miniatures. En Vers is a decade and a half earlier than Pour le piano, and here bell-like sonorities and subtle, sustained textures conjure a sense of impressionism, more tonal than the later work, with more than a hint of Debussy and Ravel, tending again toward Messiaen as the work progresses. The two-piano pieces, as the title suggests, are studies in sonority, with arching, angular melodies over a chordal accompaniment and wildly ecstatic dancing passages, again recalling Messiaen. Hiromi Okada (piano), Toshio Nakagawa (second piano).