TOSHIO HOSOKAWA (b.1955): Blossoming, Floral Fairy, Kalligraphie, Landscape I, Silent Flowers, Urbilder.
Catalogue Number: 11P080
Reference: WER 6761 2
Description: Hosokawa takes a very non-traditional approach to the quartet, with unorthodox playing techniques at times which suggest, without imitating, Japanese instruments, and noise textures and extended playing methods abound. So does nature-imagery; the subtle watercolor washes and economical strokes of the flower pieces conjure images of the highly stylized Japanese art of Ikebana, formal flower arranging with philosophical overtones. Another parallel is with traditional Japanese calligraphy, and not only in the pieces bearing that title, with bold strokes standing out from gently rustling noise textures and sounds produced by extended playing techniques, as subtle a background as the texture of blank paper. Arditti Quartet.