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Japan: Kabuki & Other Traditional Music

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  • The reissue of the groundbreaking Nonesuch Explorer Series titles from Japan is now complete, with the recent addition of two more titles. The Independent exclaims, "It's wonderful that Nonesuch is reissuing the 92-LP Explorer Series, which put ethnomusicology on the map in the Seventies," and says of the recently reissued Koto Classics: "[I]t's wonderful to hear once more koto master Shinichi Yuize in his prime ... and these classic pieces display [the koto's] suggestive power to the full."

  • "Never again will a record company essay what the producers of the Nonesuch Explorers did in 1967, bringing out a series of superb field recordings to make, eventually, a 92-record set," says The Scotsman in its five-star review of the two titles that marked the reissue of a number of Japanese Explorer Series albums on CD this fall: Koto Classics and Geza Music from the Kabuki. "The vinyl LPs ... brought to light a wealth of hitherto hidden traditions," says the review, and their return as remastered CDs "is simply wonderful, because much of this music—four decades on—is now either extinct or grievously debased."

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    MUSICIANS
    Ensemble Nipponia:
    Hirokazu Sugiura, shamisen
    Yukiko Ōta, shamisen
    Kōhei Nishikawa, shinobue & nohkan
    Kōhachiro Miyata, shakuhachi
    Kifu Mitsuhashi, shakuhachi
    Ayako Handa, voice & biwa
    Keiko Nosaka, koto
    Naritoshi Tōsha, ko-tsuzumi
    Taichi Ozaki, ō-tsuzumi
    Hiromitsu Katada, percussion
    Akikuni Takahashi, percussion
    Minoru Miki, director

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Originally released in 1980 (H-72084)
    Produced & engineered by David Lewiston
    Recorded October 1978, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York
    Mastered by Robert C. Ludwig (Masterdisk Corp.)
    Coordinator: Teresa Sterne

    Special thanks to the Asia Society’s Performing Arts Program and its director Beate Gordon for aid and advice in the preparation of this recording.

    Re-mastered by Robert C. Ludwig
    Design: Doyle Partners

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on May 29, 2008 - 7:14pm
Artist Name: 
Explorer Series: East Asia
Release Date: 
Tuesday, September 11, 2007 - 04:00
DescriptionExcerpt: 

The Japanese traditions of narrative and instrumental music exist independently of one another but flow together in the music of the Japanese theater. This album features four of the most popular dance pieces from the Kabuki stage, an excerpt from one of the great narrative epics, and music from three purely instrumental traditions.

ProductionCredits: 

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Originally released in 1980 (H-72084)
Produced & engineered by David Lewiston
Recorded October 1978, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York
Mastered by Robert C. Ludwig (Masterdisk Corp.)
Coordinator: Teresa Sterne

Special thanks to the Asia Society’s Performing Arts Program and its director Beate Gordon for aid and advice in the preparation of this recording.

Re-mastered by Robert C. Ludwig
Design: Doyle Partners

Cover Art: 
Nonesuch Selection Number: 

72084

Number of Discs in Set: 
1disc
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149
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315
ns_album_releasedate: 
Wednesday, February 1, 1995 - 05:00
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Album Status: 
UPC/Price: 
Label: 
CD+MP3
UPC: 
075597997422BUN
Price: 
0.00
Label: 
MP3
UPC: 
081227787066
Price: 
8.00
MusicianDetails: 

MUSICIANS
Ensemble Nipponia:
Hirokazu Sugiura, shamisen
Yukiko Ōta, shamisen
Kōhei Nishikawa, shinobue & nohkan
Kōhachiro Miyata, shakuhachi
Kifu Mitsuhashi, shakuhachi
Ayako Handa, voice & biwa
Keiko Nosaka, koto
Naritoshi Tōsha, ko-tsuzumi
Taichi Ozaki, ō-tsuzumi
Hiromitsu Katada, percussion
Akikuni Takahashi, percussion
Minoru Miki, director

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