In a lecture given in Tokyo in 1984 Takemitsu pointed out that programme notes were unnecessary, since a listener should hear everything in the music.Naxos do quite wonderful things. But it is also fair to say that some of their recordings, particularly older ones, make understandable compromises in performance and technical quality. Not so this highly recommended 1997 disc. Conductor Okko Kamu, soloist Petri Alanko, orchestra Tapiola Sinfonietta, and recording venue Tapiola Concert Hall in Espoo (feel that bass!) are all out of the top drawer. Nice programme notes as well. But more words are unnecessary. Everything is in the music.
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