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Japan: Kabuki & Other Traditional Music

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  • Independent (UK): Nonesuch Explorer Series Reissue "Wonderful to Hear Once More"

    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."

  • Scotsman: Return of Explorer Series "Simply Wonderful"

    "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."


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

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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