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Qunihico Hashimoto: Symphony No. 2 - Three Wasan - Scherzo con sentimento

Akiya Fukushima, Tokyo Geidai Philharmonia, Takuo Yuasa

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Symphony No. 2 in F Major  
I. Allegro moderato
Qunihico Hashimoto; Tokyo Geidai Philharmonia; Takuo Yuasa
II. Finale
Kunihiko Hashimoto; Tokyo Geidai Philharmonia; Takuo Yuasa
Three Wasan  
No. 1. The delicate, wondrous sounds of jewel - trees in the jewel - forests
Kunihiko Hashimoto; Akiya Fukushima; Tokyo Geidai Philharmonia; Takuo Yuasa
No. 2. Pure winds blow in the jewel - trees
Kunihiko Hashimoto; Akiya Fukushima; Tokyo Geidai Philharmonia; Takuo Yuasa
No. 3. Shine brilliantly from within each flower
Kunihiko Hashimoto; Akiya Fukushima; Tokyo Geidai Philharmonia; Takuo Yuasa
Scherzo con sentimento
Kunihiko Hashimoto; Tokyo Geidai Philharmonia; Takuo Yuasa
Total Playing Time    65:16
"... Takuo Yuasa proves a keen advocate for the music of his homeland ... (the orchestra) plays with great skill and conviction ... recording is outstanding."
- Fanfare

"(The symphony) is astonishingly conservative, frequently sounding something like Grieg, but that also means it will be enjoyed by generalist audiences for its melodious colours and emotional straightforwardness. This is especially true of the first movement, which has a glorious 'good times' feel: no wonder it was also known as the Celebration Symphony."
- MusicWeb International

With this release, the Tokyo Geidai Philharmonia pays tribute to Qunihico Hashimoto, one of the leading Japanese composers of the first half of the 20th century. His synthesis of Japanese and European musical forms was founded on two years of study and travel in the West and is best represented here by the innovative, early Scherzo con sentimento. Receiving world premieres are the jubilant and nostalgic Symphony No. 2 and Three Wasan, featuring baritone Akiya Fukushima, setting Buddhist texts describing the beauty of pure land or heaven.
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