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Breath of Creation


Breath of Creation : Flutes of two worlds

  • Published by Move Records [MD3163] — 1 CD
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Featured Australian works

  Work Composer PerformersDuration
Japanese Folksong Suite — shakuhachi with accompaniment Anne Norman Anne Norman, Greg Dikmans 7 mins, 59 sec.
Tanko​-​Bushi to Daphne — duos including shakuhachi Anne Norman Anne Norman, Greg Dikmans 6 mins, 15 sec.

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A meeting-point of European and Japanese traditions - 'Breath of Creation' - flutes of two worlds is a journey through traditional folk melodies from England, Ireland and Japan, to the European art music of Bach, Couperin and Vivaldi. Includes stop-offs along the way of eastern meditations and collaborative improvisations by the performers themselves.

Performing on shakuhachi, baroque flute and recorder, these two inspiring perfomers - renowned in their own fields-join forces to present a magical display of virtuosic delights and evocative soundscapes.

Complete with detailed, informative liner notes on the compositions and the place these instruments hold in Eastern & Western culture, 'Breath of Creation' presents an insight into the collaborative creativity of two Australian musicians from two very different worlds.

Track Listing

Variations on Doen Daphne d'over schoone maeght (Jacob van Eyck)
Alone in a strange place (1994) (Anne Norman)
Irish & English folk songs (arr. Dikmans/Norman)

Bird Suite

- Le rossignol-en-amour (the nightingale in love) (François Couperin)
- Tsuru no sugomori (nesting cranes) (Traditional zen meditation)
- Music for a bird (1968) (Hans-Martin Linde)
- Tail feathers (arr. Dikmans/Norman)

Shika no tone (distant cries of deer) (Trad.)
Cadenza from 'Goldfinch' Concerto (Vivaldi)
Koden Sugomori (nesting song) (Trad.)
Ecoutez les sons touchants de la tendre Philomel from Ile de Délos (Clérambault)
Japanese folk songs (arr Anne Norman)
Sarabande from Paritita in A minor, BWV 1013 (Johann Sebastian Bach)
Spaces (1993) (Anne Norman)
Daphne-bushi (1994) (Greg Dikmans and Anne Norman)

Press Quotes

"The measure of the success of this recording is that it leaves one listening not just to the musical works themselves but to those further and more distant musics of the spheres."

- Ruth Wilkinson, Recorder and Early Music

"I highly recommend this CD to anyone with a penchant for the mystical, the unusual and the unexpected. The performances are first rate."

- Keith Griffin, Journal of the Australian Flute Association

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