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The Japanese Koto

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All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
One of the brighter lights in the preservation of traditional Japanese music is showcased here, with Ayako Lister, a European player who performs primarily older works. The repertoire is entirely traditional, with three works from Kengyo Yatsuhashi one of the 17th century forefathers of the modern styles of koto playing and four from Michio Miyagi, a more recent composer for the instrument but generally within the traditional constraints. The playing is exceptional in all respects and is worth hearing. Lister doesn't necessarily have the speed of a Kinichi Nakanoshima or the grace of a more new age-directed player such as Elizabeth Falconer, but she has enough aspects of...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
One of the brighter lights in the preservation of traditional Japanese music is showcased here, with Ayako Lister, a European player who performs primarily older works. The repertoire is entirely traditional, with three works from Kengyo Yatsuhashi one of the 17th century forefathers of the modern styles of koto playing and four from Michio Miyagi, a more recent composer for the instrument but generally within the traditional constraints. The playing is exceptional in all respects and is worth hearing. Lister doesn't necessarily have the speed of a Kinichi Nakanoshima or the grace of a more new age-directed player such as Elizabeth Falconer, but she has enough aspects of both ends that the sound comes gently, but keeps up with where the compositions are meant to go.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/24/2013
  • Label: Arc Music
  • EAN: 5019396246829
  • Catalog Number: 2468
  • Sales rank: 168,321

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ayako Hotta-Lister Primary Artist, Koto
Technical Credits
Michael Day Engineer
Hossam Ramzy Producer
Diz Heller Liner Notes, Mastering, Liner Note Translation
Rentaro Taki Composer
Aiko Hasegawa Cover Photo
Yatsuhashi Kengyo Composer
David Knowles Engineer
Kengyo Kikuoka Composer
Michio Miyagi Composer
Kenko Yoshizawa Composer
Ayako Hotta-Lister Liner Notes
Mitsuzaki Kengyo Composer
Sarah Ash Cover Design, Layout
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