Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Naxos release--Shin-ichi Fukuda playing the guitar music of Toru Takemitsu

See, if certain topics in the Puget Sound region weren't distractingly high profile in 2014 Wenatchee The Hatchet should have caught this release last year when it came out in April.

If you didn't manage to get Fukuda's sublime 1997 recording of Takemitsu you may be in luck.

Being the proud owner of the two volumes Fukuda recorded that were release in 1997 and around 2004 ... if you like Takemitsu's music for guitar and don't already own this guitarist's recordings go remedy that crime against the art of guitar and the beauty of Takemitsu's music as quickly as you can afford.  Fukuda's interpretation of "All in Twilight" was so incredible that I think it's the best one I've heard and I say that as someone who has the Bream recording, for whom the piece was originally written.  There's virtually no case where I'd say a more recent guitarist did better than Bream did in an interpretation, but I'm willing stick my neck out and say that Shin-ichi Fukuda's interpretation of Takemitsu's "All In Twlight" is so sublime it has an edge on Bream's.

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