SHIGENKAI COURT GAGAKU ORCHESTRA
Bugaku - Shunnoden Ichigu - Bugaku Gagaku Suite, The Nightingale Sings in Spring (2 CDs)
Bugaku is traditional Japanese dance, and the accompanying dance to gagaku, the ancient court music of Japan. This piece, Shunnoden Ichigu is probably the most highly regarded piece in the Bugaku repertoire. It is quite rarely performed, due to its length and complexity involving a large orchestra to perform the entire piece. This version was recorded in 1973 in Tokyo directed by a master of the Imperial Palace Music Department, Sueyoshi Abe, who also played tuzumi. Comes with short English liner notes.
1. Ichikotsuchho Choshi (Modal Prelude for Ichikotsu-cho) 2. Yusei (Processional) 3. Jo (Prelude) 4. Satto (Stamping) 5. Juha (Entering and Broaching) 6. Tessho /Kissho (Bard Tune/Quick Tune)
Breathing Media - Ryuichi Sakamoto Presents Sonority of Japan (2 CDs)
Tomomi Tono is a leading player of the sho, the free reed instrument used in gagaku, an ancient traditional music of Japan. She has played on three of Sakamoto's albums, Gohatto, Out of Noise and Inochi and contributed to the Haruomo Hosono tribute album. Tono has created a performance called Breathing Media, exploring the capability of the sho as a sound media that synchronizes the natural reflex of breathing using sensors that are activated by the sho. On this album she performs one of the greatest gagaku pieces Choshi. Produced by and includes one remix by Sakamoto.
1. Ichikotsu Chou 2. Sou Jou 3. Oushiki Chou 4. Hyou Jou
1. Banshiki Chou 2. Taishiki Chou 3. Zoge no Sho ni yoru 'Hyou Jou' 4. Taishiki Chou remixed by Ryuichi Sakamoto
SUKEYASU SHIBA & REIGAKUSHA
The Music of Sukeyasu Shiba - Kokan-ya Zenu
Master of fue, composer, researcher and founder of gagaku orchestra Reigakusha, plays a modern gagaku suite in classic gagaku style with his gagaku ensemble.
1. Ichi Koccho no Choshi 2. Prelude-Senkyoraku 3. No.1-Ousho-kun Kanshou-su 4. No.2-Kokan-ya Zenu no Nyucho 5. No.3-Ousho-kun to Kokanya no Meguriai 6. No.4-Gentei Koukai-su 7. No.5-Kyodo eno Tabi 8. No.6-Ikyo Yushin 9. No.6-Ousho-kun Zessho 10. No.7-Ousho-kun Senkyo no Reisho 11. Finale-Senkyoraku
SUKEYASU SHIBA & REIGAKUSHA
The Music of Sukeyasu Shiba - Music by Tonko Biwa-Fu forThe Instruments of Sho-So-In
Ancient Chinese music restored to biwa score found in Tonko in China.
1. Kyuko Somon 2. Kei Bai Raku 3. Fukocho Choshi 4. Sakkogetsu 5. Mankyokushi 6.Shinjishi 7. Ishu 8. Kyukyokushi 9. Chosa Join 10. Suikoshi
Nara Sento Sen Sanbyaku Nen Yamato Chotei no Ongaku
Compilation album of gagaku, the ancient court music of Japan, released to commemorate the 1300 year aniversary since the founding of Heizeikyo in Nara, an ancient capital of Japan. 10 tracks.
1. Hayakarami 2. Chitose - Banzai - Nao Chitose - Nao Banzai 3. Yoriai 4. Sakaki 5. Oonaobi 6. Oonaobiuta 7. Yamatouta 8. Mushiroda 9. Koromogae
Iwai Gagaku Best (2 CDs)
Gagaku is Japanese classical music of the Imperial court, where it has been performed for over 1200 years. This is a 2 CD compilation album of gagaku music, to mark the 20 year anniversary in 2009 of the reign of the current Emperor Akihito and 50 years of the marriage between the Emperor and Empress.
Musubihime - Manyo ni Asobu
Musubihime are two female gagaku musicians, Kazue Tajima and Kanako Nakamura who were members of Reigakusha. Tajima plays sho and u while Nakamura plays yokobue and haisho. U and haisho are restored instruments and are not currently used in gagaku music.1. Manyoka Part 1 2. Satto from Sourou Kodatsu 3. Genka from Choshu Chikufu 4. Umi 5. Seigaiha 6. Ichikotsucho no Choshi 7. Syunnouden Yuusei 8. Bosatsu no Ha 9. Karyobin Kyu 10. Agemaki no Uta 11. Manyoka Part 2
REIGAKUSYA, BRIAN ENO WITH PETER SCHWALM
Music for Onmyoji
Stunning double CD and one of the releases of the year 2000. One CD is of traditional gagaku, ancient court music, somewhat eerie in quality. The other is Eno's interesting take on the music. Originally to accompany a book, the CD has become a runaway success in Japan. Elaborate, mirror image artwork, makes it difficult to decipher the text including English notes notes written by Eno.
COURT MUSIC OF JAPAN
GAGAKU MUSICIANS OF THE IMPERIAL HOUSEHOLD
Colombia Archive World Music Collection- Gagaku Etenraku in Three Different Modes
Classic recording of a gagaku orchestra originally released on LP in 1974. 10 tracks including Hyojo no Netori, Banshiki-cho no Netori and Etenraku Imayo.