Chateau C20002

NEW         Ryuichi Sakamoto 4

Violin & Piano Works

 

Chitose Okashiro, piano

Fuminori Shinozaki, violin


Always at the service of the music, but never at the expense of her own personality and gusto, Chitose Okashiro continues to amaze and delight my ear with every project she undertakes. This fourth disc of Ryuichi Sakamoto is certainly no exception. Okashiro’s treatment of Ryuichi Sakamoto as a classical music composer of the first rank is easily earned by the sheer quality of the music that he has created, and the penetrating depth with which she has analyzed some of this music in the notes provided here exemplifies both her dedication to, and comprehension of, his music.

(David N. Lewis from liner note)



1  Tong Poo - transcribed from piano, four-hands to violin & piano by Chitose Okashiro

1919 - transcribed from orchestral score to violin & piano by Chitose Okashiro

3  Rain from “The Last Emperor” - transcribed from piano trio to violin & piano by Chitose Okashiro

4  TANGO - transcribed from piano trio to violin & piano by Chitose Okashiro 

5 Century of Reform - violin & piano original by Ryuichi Sakamoto

 

6  The Sheltering Sky, theme - arranged by Chitose Okashiro 

7  High Heels: Tacones Lejanos - original piano solo by Ryuichi Sakamoto 

8  The Last Emperor - transcribed from piano trio to piano solo by Chitose Okashiro 

9  Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence - original piano solo by Ryuichi Sakamoto 

 

10 Energy Flow - original piano solo by Ryuichi Sakamoto

11 Suites for Piano - original piano solo by Ryuichi Sakamoto 

12 Oppenheimer’s Aria from "LIFE a ryuichi sakamoto opera 1999" - violin & piano original by Ryuichi Sakamoto




Chateau C20001

Ryuichi Sakamoto Piano Works 3

Tribute to Ryuichi Sakamoto

In Appreciation and Admiration

Chitose Okashiro, piano


"My music appears before me

wearing a different costume in a different look,

and it is a very refreshing experience to me." 

(Ryuichi Sakamoto, from liner note)


"It certainly could be said that the recording of Sakamoto's works, performed by the composer himself, exists as 'the original' firmly established with the power of a single absolutely correct authority. Okashiro's performance of Sakamoto's works will challenge this and force the reconsideration of the supremacy of the original."

(Jun'ichi Komuna, from liner note)



1 Dear Liz  [3:28]

2 The Torso of the Blue Cat  [2:47]

3 Homage to Ryuichi Sakamoto, The Greatest Artist  [14:38]

     Theme and Variation on Motifs from "Bridge"

     for Harp, Celesta, Prepared Piano, Marimba and Microtones

4 Bridge - Music for Yohji Yamamoto Collection 1995  [27:50]

    (Yohji Yamamoto Fall 1995 Ready-to-wear Collection in Paris      Fashion Week)

5 Lonliness from "The Sheltering Sky"  [1:26]

6 The Day the Gorilla Gives Me a Banana  [1:09]

7 Dream from "Lack of Love"  [1:18]

8 Yamazaki 2002  [1:07]

9 Career Girl  [0:51]

 

TOTAL TIME  [54:33]

 

Catalogue Number: Chateau C20001

Live Recording at Nagano Prefectural Cultural Hall, Hokuto Hall(1,2, 4-9)

Studio Recording with MIDI Keyboard (3)

 

Special Thanks to Ryuichi Sakamoto

Mixing and Mastering Engineer: Carl Talbot

Supporting Engineers: John D. S. Adams, Paul Zinman

Recording Engineer: Hiromitsu Miyao

Producer: Chitose Okashiro

English Editors: JD Hixson, David N. Lewis

Thank You: David Paul, Chieko Shirasawa

Recording Date: June 15, 2004 (1, 2, 4-9) July, 2017 (3)