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Japan: Koto Music

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    This repackaged classic from 1965 focuses on the austere beauty of six traditional pieces, dating from the 17th to 19th centuries, written for the koto—the elegant, zither-like instrument central to Japanese music—and the virtuosity of the players, all 20th-century masters.

    Master Shogin Hagiwara, one of the koto performers featured on the album, lost her eyesight when she was six. She entered the Watanabe School, where she studied koto music of the Ikuta-ryu style. Hagiwara was given the degree of koto master and subsequently taught at the Kyoto School for the Blind. The Government later named her Juyo-Mukei-Bunkazai, an important cultural post and one of the great honors for a Japanese artist.

    Shakuhachi (bamboo-flute) master Kikusui Kofu accompanies the koto artists heard here. While he specializes in traditional music, he is an important figure in the experimental directions of modern Japanese music, and is a skilled inventor of various wind and string instruments.

    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    Performed by Master Hagiwara, Master Hatta, Master Kitagawa, Master Kikusui, Master Mineuchi, Master Yamaguchi

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Originally released in 1965 (H-72005)
    Recorded by Katsumasa Takasago
    Mastered by Robert C. Ludwig
    Production Supervisor: Jac Holzman
    Re-mastered by Robert C. Ludwig

    Design: Doyle Partners
    Cover Photograph: © Werner Bischof / Magnum Photos
    Japan, 1951. Courtyard of the Meiji temple in Tokyo

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on October 9, 2008 - 4:58pm
Release Date: 
Tuesday, October 28, 2008 (All day)
Cover Art: 
Nonesuch Selection Number: 

451836

Number of Discs in Set: 
1disc
Artist Name: 
Explorer Series: East Asia
Album Status: 
UPC/Price: 
UPC: 
075597993806BUN
Price: 
12.00
Label: 
CD+MP3
UPC: 
075597993790
Price: 
8.00
Label: 
MP3
Description: 

This repackaged classic from 1965 focuses on the austere beauty of six traditional pieces, dating from the 17th to 19th centuries, written for the koto—the elegant, zither-like instrument central to Japanese music—and the virtuosity of the players, all 20th-century masters.

Master Shogin Hagiwara, one of the koto performers featured on the album, lost her eyesight when she was six. She entered the Watanabe School, where she studied koto music of the Ikuta-ryu style. Hagiwara was given the degree of koto master and subsequently taught at the Kyoto School for the Blind. The Government later named her Juyo-Mukei-Bunkazai, an important cultural post and one of the great honors for a Japanese artist.

Shakuhachi (bamboo-flute) master Kikusui Kofu accompanies the koto artists heard here. While he specializes in traditional music, he is an important figure in the experimental directions of modern Japanese music, and is a skilled inventor of various wind and string instruments.

DescriptionExcerpt: 

This classic focuses on the austere beauty of six traditional pieces, dating from the 17th to 19th centuries, written for the koto—the elegant, zither-like instrument central to Japanese music—and the virtuosity of the players, all 20th-century masters.

ProductionCredits: 

MUSICIANS
Performed by Master Hagiwara, Master Hatta, Master Kitagawa, Master Kikusui, Master Mineuchi, Master Yamaguchi

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Originally released in 1965 (H-72005)
Recorded by Katsumasa Takasago
Mastered by Robert C. Ludwig
Production Supervisor: Jac Holzman
Re-mastered by Robert C. Ludwig

Design: Doyle Partners
Cover Photograph: © Werner Bischof / Magnum Photos
Japan, 1951. Courtyard of the Meiji temple in Tokyo