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Songs of Solitude

Composer Kalevi Aho
Johann Sebastian Bach
Johanna Doderer
Federico Gardella
Toshio Hosokawa
Tigran Mansurian
Michiru Oshima
John Powell
Gabriel Prokofiev
Rhian Samuel
José Serebrier
Cristina Spinei
Performer Hiyoli Togawa
Period Baroque
Catalogue Number BIS-2533 SACD
EAN 7318599925332
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Mar 2021
Total time 78'54

Songs of Solitude was conceived by the violist Hiyoli Togawa at a time when a virus was forcing people across the world into isolation and she herself needed to find a new rhythm of life as concert after concert was being cancelled. As she relates in the booklet to the disc, playing Bach – music that combines powerful emotions with a crystal-clear structure – became part of her daily routine, along with walks along the empty streets of Berlin.&&& During these, the importance of remaining creative became even clearer to her, along with the idea to offer people the opportunity through music to reflect upon the difficulties of living through a pandemic. Having recently collaborated with the composer Kalevi Aho, she came upon the idea of asking him and a number of other composers to write for her – pieces that would ‘reflect life and work in the time of the coronavirus and that distil isolation in music’.

The result is Songs of Solitude – works for solo viola commissioned from 11 different composers and interwoven with sarabandes from Bach’s cello suites. The individual pieces range from the meditative (Toshio Hosokawa reminiscing in his version of the traditional Sakura) to the defiant (Johanna Doderer’s Shadows). Some of them even provided Hiyoli with musical company – Aho’s Am Horizont requires her to play two parts on the viola while singing a third, and the piece by John Powell is written for nine voices, recorded in multitrack. The album was recorded in Berlin during three periods, June to October 2020, as the various pieces arrived and the restrictions in place at the time permitted.
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  Toshio Hosokawa
01 Sakura / Solitude 3'42
  Johann Sebastian Bach
  Cello Suite No. 4 in E flat major, BWV 1010
02 Sarabande 4'16
  Johanna Doderer
03 Shadows 4'09
  José Serebrier
04 Nostalgia 4'03
  Johann Sebastian Bach
  Cello Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007
05 Sarabande 2'30
  Tigran Mansurian
06 Ode an die Stille 3'00
  Michiru Oshima
07 Silence 3'51
  Johann Sebastian Bach
  Cello Suite No. 3 in C major, BWV 1009
08 Sarabande 3'28
  Kalevi Aho
09 Am Horizont 5'23
  John Powell
10 Perfect Time for a Spring Cleaning 3'47
  Johann Sebastian Bach
  Cello Suite No. 5 in C minor, BWV 1011
11 Sarabande 3'31
  Cristina Spinei
12 Keep Moving 2'40
  Rhian Samuel
13 Salve Nos 5'24
  Johann Sebastian Bach
  Cello Suite No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008
14 Sarabande 4'20
  Gabriel Prokofiev
  Five Impressions of Self-Isolation 11'58
15 Calling Out… 3'09
16 Wine for One 3'33
17 Only Birds in the Sky 1'23
18 How Many Weeks...? 2'16
19 Back to the English Garden 1'37
  Johann Sebastian Bach
  Cello Suite No. 6 in D major, BWV 1012
20 Sarabande 4'46
  Federico Gardella
21 Consolation 5'28
  Album total 78'54
ComposerAho, Kalevi
Bach, Johann Sebastian
Doderer, Johanna
Gardella, Federico
Hosokawa, Toshio
Mansurian, Tigran
Oshima, Michiru
Powell, John
Prokofiev, Gabriel
Samuel, Rhian
Serebrier, José
Spinei, Cristina
ViolaTogawa, Hiyoli

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