CD: Foglia d’olivo, works for viols by Tsutomu Mizuno

April 29, 2009

23 tracks from the five-person Yukimi Kambe Viol Consort, by Tsutomu Mizuno (b.1949).

Short works, composed between 1984 and 1994/95, mostly of around 3 mins duration. Kappa (Water Imp) features recitation and Iruka (A Dolphin) a soprano. Strong sense of flowing melodic line throughout. Predictably, a very strong connection with the natural world, with references to birds, animals, flowers. Western musical models are at work in the two final brackets – three of Five Spanish Dances and a three-movement Little Suite, winner of the Viola da Gamba Society of Japan’s 1985 competition for new works. “Lively gambists – win or lose” is a cheery, very busy piece as its title implies. Glissandi in the pieces devoted to cats.

Sheet music not published to my knowledge.

The Kambe Consort has a phenomenally high level of technique.  I wasn’t aware of any consort previously that plays with tuners attached in order to maintain optimal intonation at all times.

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