Ryuichi Sakamoto was one of Japan's innovators in electronic pop with the group Yellow Magic Orchestra, and he later established himself as a world-class composer, winning an Academy Award for his score for the film The Last Emperor. But Sakamoto's evocative music can be just as effective on a smaller scale, and on the album Playing the Piano, he performs 12 pieces -- some new, some new interpretations of older works -- that have been arranged for solo acoustic piano. Several tracks from the Japanese albums 04 and 05 have been included in this collection.
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AllMusic Review by Mark Deming