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Toru Takemitsu, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, H. Wakasugi*Coral Island • Water Music • Vocalism Ai (Love)

Label:RCA Victrola – VICS-1334
Series:The New Music – 4
Format:
Vinyl, LP, Stereo
Country:US
Released:
Genre:Electronic, Classical
Style:Contemporary, Experimental, Musique Concrète

Tracklist

ACoral Island
ConductorHiroshi Wakasugi
Soprano VocalsMutsumi Masuda
Text By [Poem]Makoto Ohka*
16:40
B1Water Music
Engineer [Recording]Junosuke Okuyama
9:42
B2Vocalism Ai (Love)
Text By [Poem, Uncredited]Shuntaro Tanikawa
Voice [Uncredited]H. Mizushima*, K. Kishida*
4:09
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Credits

Notes

Coral Island (An Atoll) for soprano and orchestra; composed in 1962.
Water Music for magnetic tape; composed in 1960.
Vocalism Ai (Love) for magnetic tape (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

Other Versions (3)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
New Submission
The New Music Vol. 4 Japan (LP)RCA VictrolaVICS-1334UK1969
New Submission
Coral Island / Water Music / Vocalism Ai (LP)RCA731087France1969
New Submission
Coral Island / Water Music / Vocalism Ai (LP)Camden Classics VictrolaVCCS-1334CanadaUnknown

Reviews

  • av-ontwerp's avatar
    av-ontwerp
    Edited 11 months ago
    For an informative guide go to:

    https://amp.theguardian.com/music/tomserviceblog/2013/feb/11/contemporary-music-guide-toru-takemitsu

    Read and learn even more with these important Takemitsu writings: ‘Confronting Silence ‘
    • sonic-soul's avatar
      sonic-soul
      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.

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