Sankokyu

Sankokyu

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This magnificent CD is devoted to Japanese classical music, in which exemplary music is superbly recorded and really beautifully packaged (the brief english notes are really excellent). It's focus is on the Edo period (1600-1868), as rich a time for Japanese as for European music. The sankyoku style of trio music for voice, shakuhachi, shamisen and koto -- Japan's first true chamber music -- is perhaps the most beautiful of all of these splendid recordings.