Sunday, October 10, 2010

Japanese Traditional Music [7] - Sankyoku

This is a very good CD of Sankyoku music, that being a kind of Japanese chamber music with vocals and usually at least three instruments: the koto (zither), the shamisen (kind of like a banjo), and the shakuhachi (flute). 

This CD was originally produced in Japan, so the text on the back and on the notes is bilingual (Japanese and English). The liner notes are extensive in Japanese and even include the lyrics to the vocals, but the English part is a bit skimpy. Also, the CD case comes in an attractive CD slip-box (an unusual format here in the States) that also helps protect the actual case itself from the usual wear and tear.


1. Yaegoromo (Ishikawa Koto) - Yonekawa Toshiko

2. Hagi No Tsuyu (Ikuyama Kengyo) - Tadao Sawaï

3. Sho-Chiku-Bai (Mitsuhashi Koto) - Sato Chikaki,

Download Part 1 | Part 2

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