Japan: Traditional Vocal and Instrumental Music

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All Music Guide - Bruno Deschenes
The Ensemble Nipponia was formed in 1964 and is dedicated to the performance of traditional and contemporary commissioned work for traditional Japanese instruments. They have been touring all around the world. It is still today one of the most known and most respected traditional Japanese chamber music ensembles. Among its members, the most known musician is Kohachiro Miyata on shakuhachi, who is considered one of today's best Japanese shakuhachi players. On this CD recorded in 1976, you hear a series of traditional classical pieces for solo shakuhachi a honkyoku piece and a minyo song or folk song and shamisen, a koto duet, a piece for biwa and voice, an arrangement of...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruno Deschenes
The Ensemble Nipponia was formed in 1964 and is dedicated to the performance of traditional and contemporary commissioned work for traditional Japanese instruments. They have been touring all around the world. It is still today one of the most known and most respected traditional Japanese chamber music ensembles. Among its members, the most known musician is Kohachiro Miyata on shakuhachi, who is considered one of today's best Japanese shakuhachi players. On this CD recorded in 1976, you hear a series of traditional classical pieces for solo shakuhachi a honkyoku piece and a minyo song or folk song and shamisen, a koto duet, a piece for biwa and voice, an arrangement of a well-known lullaby, and an 18th century piece for voice, shakuhachi, shamisen, and koto. This CD remains still today one of the classics in Japanese music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • UPC: 075597207224
  • Catalog Number: 72072
  • Sales rank: 39,020

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Kumoi Jishi (5:25)
  2. 2 Ozatsuma (2:35)
  3. 3 Ogi No Mato (The Folding Fan as a Target) - Ayako Handa & Ensemble Nipponia (10:39)
  4. 4 Edo Lullaby - Minoru Miki (3:34)
  5. 5 Godanginuta - Ayako Handa (11:53)
  6. 6 Esashi Oiwake (Esashi Pack-Horseman's Song) (2:32)
  7. 7 Mushi No Aikata - Hirokazu Sugiura (2:22)
  8. 8 Azuma Jishi (Azuma Lion Dance) - Ayako Handa & Ensemble Nipponia (5:12)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ensemble Nipponia Primary Artist
Kohachiro Miyata Shakuhachi, Track Performer
Sachiko Miyamoto Koto
Keiko Nosaka Koto, Track Performer
Koto Track Performer
Ayako Handa Biwa, Voices, Track Performer
Hirokazu Sugiura Track Performer, shamisen
Minoru Miki Bells, Track Performer
Technical Credits
David Lewiston Producer, Engineer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
David Loeb Liner Notes
Ensemble Nipponia Contributor
Paula Bisacca Art Direction
Bunshichizo Kobayashi Artwork
Minoru Miki Director, Contributor
Larry Mericka Engineer
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