Soliloquies
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A fascinating program of music for harpsichord and organ by Japanese and Chinese composers.

Calvert Johnson has put together a varied and fascinating program of music by Japanese and Chinese composers for harpsichord and organ. Johnson is Professor of Music and College Organist at Agnes Scott College. He is also organist at the First Presbyterian Church in Marietta, Georgia. Johnson earned the master's and doctorate in organ performance at Northwestern University and studied at the Toulouse Conservatoire where he was awarded the Premier Prix. He has performed throughout the U.S., Japan, England, Italy, France, Monaco, Switzerland and Germany. His extensive interests and expertise include books on early Spanish, Italian and English organ music and modern editions of works by women composers.
Contents:
Asako Hirabayashi, composer
Sonatina No. 1 for Harpsichord
Calvert Johnson, harpsichord

Chan Ka Nin, composer
Reflection and Promenade for Solo Organ
Calvert Johnson, organ

Isaac Nagao, composer
Ancient Cities for Harpsichord
Calvert Johnson, harpsichord

Karen Tanaka, composer
Jardin des Herbes for Harpsichord
Calvert Johnson, harpsichord

Makiko Asaoka, composer
Four Pieces for Harpsichord
Calvert Johnson, harpsichord

Pei-lun Vicky Chang, composer
Suite for Organ
Calvert Johnson, organ

Reiko Arima, composer
Miyabi, Ballad for Organ
Calvert Johnson, organ

Toro Takemitsu, composer
Rain Dreaming for Harpsichord
Calvert Johnson, harpsichord

Wang An-Mig, composer
Fantasy for Organ
Calvert Johnson, organ

Review:
"...the music is creative and original, and a pure joy to hear. ...Calvert Johnson obviously loves this music as much as anyone and plays the harpsichord and organ with panache and authority." (Audiophile Audition)

"Women have a long history of musical innovation in East Asia. Chinese mythology attributes the first musical instrument, the sheng (mouth organ), to Nüwa, the mother goddess. In Japan, the creation of kabuki (theater form) and kouta (short song) is usually attributed to women. As evidenced by the works on this disc, Asian women continue their role as musical innovators. Each composer on Soliloquies brings her distinctive world view to bear, giving powerful voice to her ideas and creating unique works of art." (Heather Strohschen)

"Throughout this recording, Calvert Johnson's enthusiasm for the music comes across unfailingly...[he] champions all the composers with aplomb..."(Harpsichord and Fortepiano)
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