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Hyperion Records

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Photo of Kuniko by Mario Boccia
Track(s) taken from CKD432
Recording details: November 2012
Lake Sagami Hall, Kanagawa, Japan
Produced by Yuji Sagae & Kato Kuniko
Engineered by Yuji Sagae & Junichiro Hayashi
Release date: July 2013
Total duration: 11 minutes 14 seconds

'The art of transcription flourishes in these imaginiative reworkings of classics by Arvo Pärt and Steve Reich in the hands of a master marimba player. Kuniko adds percussion and makes her own arrangements … both Spiegel im Spiegel with resonant marimba and bells, and Für Alina reworked for vibraphone and crotales create a distant world of repetitive beauty. Hywel Davies's Purl Ground, with its deep marimba resonance, completes an absorbing recital' (The Observer)

'This is my first exposure to Kuniko Kato's extraordinary percussive and arranging talents—and a thoroughly enjoyable experience it is, too. The majority of the disc is devoted to music by Arvo Pärt in arrangements by Kuniko herself. Over the years, the sparse minimalism of his music has lent itself to some interesting and diverse arrangements, but these are certainly some of the most hypnotic and deftly skilled re-workings on disc. Particularly haunting are Spiegel im Spiegel and Fratres, where the hollow timbre of the marimba lends itself to the meditative sound-world of these pieces … the recording, as we have come to expect from Linn Records, is first class' (Classical Ear) » More

'Kuniko thus hits a certain sweet spot, and it's no surprise to learn that all three of the composers featured here—Arvo Pärt, Reich once again, and British minimalist Hywel Davies—supervised and approved of Kuniko's arrangements. At times it is hard to believe you're hearing just a single marimba (additional instruments, all played by Kuniko, appear on only three pieces) … the entire album is essential listening for anyone with the slightest interest in contemporary percussion' (AllMusic, USA) » More

New York Counterpoint
composer
1985; arranged for marimba
arranger

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