Toru Takemitsu ‎– Coral Island / Water Music / Vocalism Ai

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RCA Victrola ‎– VICS-1334
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Vinyl, LP
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A Coral Island
Conductor – Hiroshi WakasugiOrchestra – Yomiuri Nippon Symphony OrchestraSoprano Vocals – Mutsumi MasudaText By [Poem] – Makoto Ohka*
16:40
B1 Water Music
Engineer [Recording] – Junosuke Okuyama
9:42
B2 Vocalism Ai (Love)
Text By [Poem, Uncredited] – Shuntaro TanikawaVoice [Uncredited] – H. Mizushima*, K. Kishida*
4:09

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Notes

Coral Island (An Atoll) for soprano and orchestra; composed in 1962.
Water Music for magnetic tape; composed in 1960.
Vocalism Ai (Love) condensed from a 72-hour tape montage; composed in 1956.

Recorded in Japan.

Printed in U.S.A.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, stamped): WVRS--6771--1S
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, stamped): WVRS--6772--1S
  • Other (Library of Congress Card Number): R68-2847

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sonic-soul

May 24, 2010
Fascinating sensitive and poetic tonal arrangements that might have more in common with modern and/or Japanese painting techniques than any musical tradition. Although Coral Island for soprano and orchestra has familiar contemporary sounds and snippets, Takemitsu's imaginative command of (de-)composition and tone colour is stunning. Sounding like a bunch of loose (beach) sand at first, later on one realizes nothing is either in or out of place. It just is.
Although less dynamic in nature but just as fascinating, Water Music and Vocalism Ai are two musique concrète pieces that complement Coral Island very well.