Goro Yamaguchi is considered one of the greatest Japanese shakuhachi players of the 20th century. From 1992 to his untimely death in January of 1999, at the age of 65, he was designated "National Living Treasure," a unique title given in Japan to artists who attained the highest mastery of their art. This CD, released by Auvidis in 1988, presents a master at the height of his art. What strikes with Goro Yamaguchi is the subtlety of his playing. The music is so meditative, so peaceful, so gentle, so natural, so masterly and effortlessly performed (although this flute is considered one of the hardest to play). Meditative music at is best!
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AllMusic Review by Bruno Deschênes