“Composing is all about creating a utopia that I would like to live in” says Dai Fujikura - “a whole world, not just colour, or scenery, but I hope to stimulate every sense you can imagine”. He’d have got along well with Beethoven, who said that he wanted to “press out a glorious wine to intoxicate all humanity” – and in his joyous, headstrong Fourth Symphony he comes thrillingly close. It’ll feel like a celebration, coming after the exquisitely-imagined soundworld of Fujikura’s new piano concerto (played by the pianist who inspired it), and the haunting, powerfully evocative Meditation by Toshio Hosokawa, directed by the conductor who gave its premiere just twelve months after the tragedy it commemorates.
Meditation to the victims of the Tsunami, March 2011
Impulse - Piano Concerto No.3 (UK Premiere)
Yu Kosuge piano
Alexander Liebreich conductor