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KUNIKO

cantus

...includes world premiere recordings
CKD 432 (Linn Records)
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1
Fur Alina arr. for Vibraphone and Crotales

Fur Alina arr. for Vibraphone and Crotales

Composer Arvo Part
Soloist KUNIKO
Arranger kuniko kato
04:00 Play $1.70
2
New York Counterpoint arr. for Marimba

New York Counterpoint arr. for Marimba

Composer

Steve Reich

Soloist KUNIKO
Arranger kuniko kato
11:14 Play $5.10
3
Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten arr. for Marimba

Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten arr. for Marimba

Composer Arvo Part
Soloist KUNIKO
Arranger kuniko kato
06:27 Play $3.40
4
Fratres arr. for Marimba and Vibraphone

Fratres arr. for Marimba and Vibraphone

Composer Arvo Part
Soloist KUNIKO
Arranger kuniko kato
08:10 Play $3.40
5
Purl Ground

Purl Ground

Composer

Hywel Davies

Soloist KUNIKO
11:24 Play $5.10
6
Spiegel im Spiegel arr. for Marimba and Bells

Spiegel im Spiegel arr. for Marimba and Bells

Composer Arvo Part
Soloist KUNIKO
Arranger kuniko kato
10:25 Play $5.10
Total Running Time 52 minutes Purchase all tracks 
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KUNIKO's eagerly awaited second album includes world premiere recordings of the percussionist's new arrangements of popular works by contemporary composers Arvo Pärt, Steve Reich and Hywel Davies.

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KUNIKO

KUNIKO

KUNIKO is one of the world's most talented percussion soloists in today's contemporary and classical music scenes.
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Steve Reich

Steve Reich

"There's just a handful of living composers who can legitimately claim to have altered the direction of musical history and Steve Reich is one of them," states The Guardian (London).
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Best of 2013 Readers' Choice - The Washington Post: ‘Several people on my list are already getting copies [of this] insanely beautiful disc.' (Joshua Cheek)

Best Recording Award - 26th MPCJ Music Award (Music Pen Club Japan)

KUNIKO's debut kuniko plays reich was acclaimed by the media becoming Linn's bestselling album of 2011.  Her follow up recording, cantus, features six pieces arranged for five octave marimba or vibraphone, each chosen to fully demonstrate the colours, depth and dynamics of the instrument.  The arrangements and recording have been made with supervision by the original composers: Arvo Pärt, Steve Reich and Hywel Davies.

KUNIKO gave the world premiere performance of Reich's New York Counterpoint version for marimba in New York in 2012. KUNIKO won praise from the composer himself who stated: 'Kuniko Kato is a first rate percussionist.'   

The simplicity and beauty of Arvo Pärt's music has won the composer many fans.  In turn Pärt is a fan of KUNIKO's arrangements having approved the new versions premiered on this album.  KUNIKO has arranged four of his best-loved pieces including Cantus, a fitting tribute to Benjamin Britten in 2013, his 100th anniversary year. 

Purl Ground is an original piece written by British composer Hywel Davies, which KUNIKO premiered at the Cheltenham Festival in 2011 to critical acclaim.  The piece is arranged for solo marimba and makes excellent use of both tremolo and pianissimo effects.

View the booklet in full here

Top 10 placing for KUNIKO
05 August 2013
'Cantus' is No.9 in the Official UK Specialist Classical Chart
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American Record Guide
'This exquisite-sounding program offers compelling transcriptions of his Für Alina as well as the Cantus and the unforgettable Fratres.'
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Classical Ear
4 Stars
'The recording, as we have come to expect from Linn Records, is first class.'
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Audiophile.no
‘[If] Are you open to exploring new musical terrain, there's no reason to let this opportunity pass, with its innovative sound in many channels. Carpe Diem!’
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International Record Review
'...this thoroughly engaging, fastidiously produced recording casts the marimba in an entirely new light.'
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Gramophone
‘The most convincing moment is reserved for Reich. New York Counterpoint continues where ‘Kuniko Plays reich’ left off.’
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Baker & Taylor CD Hot List
'...masterful transcription...'
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All About Jazz
'As striking as the music is, the spectre of Kuniko in flight is equally striking from her athletically efficient performance to her precise and exquisite presence: a total artistic package, shining with grace and brilliance.'
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Facts & Arts
'Renowned Japanese percussionist Kuniko Kato makes stunning music from the simplest of instruments, stretching their sonorities to heights never previously heard on record.'
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Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review
'This is one stunning album. Kuniko is a phenomenon and she makes the music her own in sonically moving ways. Excellent!'
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La Scena Musicale
4 Stars
CD of the Week: '...outstanding. Why can't all records sound this good?'
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AllMusic.com
4½ Stars
'... the entire album is essential listening...'
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Infodad
‘Kuniko’s arrangements are attractive, and she certainly plays them well…’
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SA-CD.net
5 Stars
'The timbres and overtones are captured with extraordinary beauty.'
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SA-CD.net
4½ Stars
'...great minimalist music...Kuniko’s playing is – as ever – subtle, austere and hypnotic.'
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Irish Times
5 Stars
'Varied recording venues and microphone perspectives are used to create soundworlds of a delicacy and richness well beyond what the instrumentations suggest.'
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MusicWeb International
'Kato's superb control of the marimba and vibraphone deepens these pulsing, rocking and 'tintinnabular' effects.'
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The Independent
4 Stars
'...intricate rhythms are what catch the ear, but it's the overtones and silences that mesmerise'
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The Times
4 Stars
'Listening to these marimba rhythms is just right for a hot day, in fact it’s as refreshing as standing inside Niagara'


The Observer
'imaginiative reworkings...in the hands of a master marimba player...an absorbing recital.'
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01 October 2016 to 01 October 2016
Asia/Australasia
Gifu Collection of Modern Arts, 4-2-5, Higashi-machi, Tajimi-city Gifu 507-0801 Japan
Celebrating Steve Reich at 80

09 October 2016 to 09 October 2016
Asia/Australasia
Hearty Center Hall,, Aisho, Shiga, Japan


19 October 2016 to 19 October 2016
Asia/Australasia
Himi Sports Arena, Toyama, Japan


29 October 2016 to 30 October 2016
Asia/Australasia
Saitama Arts Theatre, Saitama Japan


10 January 2017 to 10 January 2017
North America
Blair School of Music, Nashville TN, U.S.A.


15 January 2017 to 15 January 2017
North America
Zipper Hall, Los Angeles CA, U.S.A.


18 January 2017 to 18 January 2017
Asia/Australasia
Kanagawa Kenmin Hall, Yokohama, Japan


20 January 2017 to 20 January 2017
Asia/Australasia
Toyohashi Arts Theatre PLAT, Japan, Aichi