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Composer: Takemitsu, Toru (1930-1996)

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Year of birth1930
Year of death1996
NationalityJapan
Period20th century
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BerlinEmmanuel Pahud

© Josef Fischnaller
Widmann, Bach, Varèse, Carter, Marais, Berio, Takemitsu
Emmanuel Pahud, Flute

AmsterdamEarly Beethoven

Early Beethoven
Beethoven, Takemitsu
Ruysdael Quartet

Los AngelesBjarnason & Ólafsson

Takemitsu, Jónsdóttir, Sørensen, Saariaho, Bjarnason
LA Phil New Music Group; Daníel Bjarnason; Unknown; Víkingur Ólafsson; István Várdai

StockholmMonday at last with Hardenberger

Monday at last with Hardenberger
Takemitsu, Jolas, Saint-Saëns
Håkan Hardenberger; Julia-Maria Kretz; Kati Raitinen; ZilliacusPerssonRaitinen

TallinnNHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo / Paavo Järvi / Sol Gabetta

Takemitsu, Schumann, Bruckner
NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo; Paavo Järvi; Sol Gabetta
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Prom 28: to the Moon via Russia

Tadaaki Otaka © Masahide Sato
The BBC NOW gave us two hearty Russian works and celebrated the lunar landing with a world premiere of Huw Watkins' The Moon.
***11
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Japan Philharmonic sounds world class under Inkinen

Conductor Pietari Inkinen © Nguye Phuong

I’ve heard the Japan Philharmonic on several occasions in the past, but this was the first time with Inkinen, and the difference was startling. In previous encounters with this orchestra I noted a rather bright, at times even glaring sound. No longer. Inkinen has instilled instead a generously warm, even, glowing sonority and depth of sound that one hears in Europe’s finest ensembles.

****1
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Japan Philharmonic Orchestra makes a rare visit to London

Pietari Inkinen © Nguyen Phuong
Disciplined playing from the Japan Philharmonic brought mixed rewards in a programme that inspired only fitfully.
****1
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The Earth and other planets from the Belgrade Philharmonic

Eiji Oue © T. Ilijima
A fine Planets from Eiji Oue and the Belgrade Philharmonic crowned a splendid concert despite a flawed “Neptune” after Simone Rubino had explored the music of the Earth.
****1
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NHK Symphony Orchestra's magnificent Mahler Six

Paavo Järvi and the NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo © Belinda Lawley
Is the very, very good the enemy of the great? It is hard to fault a performance as fine as this – except perhaps against a benchmark no longer recognised.
****1
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