AKIRA MIYOSHI (b.1933): Volume 4 - Seisanryohari for Mezzo-Soprano and Piano (Akemi Obata [mezzo], Toshio Nakagawa [piano], Miroir for Violin (Akiko Tatsumi), Zuifusuido for Flute and Piano (Takeshi Endo [flute], Nakagawa [piano]), String Quartet No. 3 "Constellation noir" (Tomoko Kato, Hiroaki Matsuno [violins], Kiroto Tobisawa [viola], Yasuro Chomei [cello]), Message Sonore for Flute, Clarinet, Double Bass and Percussion (Pleiade Quintet), Phenomene Sonore I & II for 2 Pianos (Hiromi Okada, Nakagawa), Coral's song from A Diary of the Sea for Piano (Okada), Étoile à Cordes for Violin and Ensemble (Tatsuo Nishie [violin], Akira Miyoshi Concert Ensemble; Ryusuke Numajiri).
Catalogue Number: 03N075
Description: Presumably because of his studies in France, Miyoshi seems to have acquired a taste for the subtle, luminous colors of French impressionism - the early songs and the flute piece have more than a little in common with Debussy, and where more modern models are invoked, one thinks of the coloristic harmonies of Messiaen (in the two-piano work) and the colorful, volatile textures of Dutilleux, for instance in the string quartet or the ensemble piece Message Sonore. Coral's Song is a simple tonal melody, and the serious, tense Étoile has something of a Shostakovich-like feeling in texture and harmony.