Kenji Sakai’s Symphony No. 1 “Spiritus” Premieres with the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra
Nov. 01, 2017
Kenji Sakai’s Symphony No. 1 “Spiritus” receives its world premiere with the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra on November 17. The work marks the first collaboration between Sakai and the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra as part of the composer’s three-year residency with the ensemble. Edwin Outwater leads the orchestra in the premiere, which takes place at the NTK Forest Hall in Nagoya City, Japan.
On November 24, Sakai’s Borders, for soprano and ensemble, has its Japanese premiere as part of a portrait concert with Ensemble Kujoyama. The work, which had its debut as part of the Music From Japan Festival in New York, confronts issues of boundary and separation using text from Rimbaud’s poem Eternite.
The portrait concert, which takes place at ALTI Hall in Kyoto City, Japan, also features performances of Sakai’s Chasm for violin and piano, Monopolyphonie/Défiguration for solo cello, Je est un autre I and II for soprano and piano, Osmosis II for chamber ensemble and Reflecting space I – Bell, cloud and disincarnations for solo piano.
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Symphony No. 1 “Spiritus” (2017)
for soprano and ensemble
text from “Eternite” by Arthur Rimbaud
for violin and piano
for solo cello
Je est un autre I (2012)
for soprano or mezzo-soprano solo
Je est un autre III (2013)
for soprano and piano
Osmosis II (2011)
for five musicians
flute, clarinet, piano, violin and cello
Reflecting space I – Bell, cloud and disincarnations (2007)
for solo piano