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Hojoki: An Account of my Hut ; on The Orchestral Music of Jonathan Dove

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As part of a CD devoted to the orchestral music of Jonathan Dove celebrating his 60th birthday, under the direction of Timothy Redmond, and in collaboration with the BBC Philharmonic, countertenor Lawrence Zazzo here presents a world-premiere recording of Jonathan Dove's unique commissioned work, Hojoki: An Account of my Hut. A 30 minute solo cantata for countertenor and symphonic orchestra, the pieces texts are based on a twelfth-century memoir by Kamo no Chomei, a Japanese Kamakura court poet, koto player and Buddhist monk who retired from society after a series of natural disasters. Having given the work's premiere performance in 2006 with only a few days' notice, Zazzo views the performance on this CD as a rare opportunity to refine a performance of an exceedingly rare genre in the countertenor repertoire--a solo work with symphonic forces. Of particular research interest are the titration of contrasts between free recitative with arioso, the mediation of text by extreme tessitura and a variety of orchestral timbres, and the communication of the Buddhist concept of impermanence using the still-embodied falsetto.

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Author(s): Dove Jonathan, Zazzo L, Redmond T

Publication type: Digital or Visual Media

Publication status: Published

Year: 2019

Publisher: Orchid Classics

Type: Compact disc

Performers(s): Tim Redmond (conductor), Lawrence Zazzo (countertenor), BBC Philharmonic