|Artist||Hisanori Maeda/Tazuno Watanabe/Kanade Narihara/Yoshiyuki Tsukihara/Satomi Yamazaki/Satoshi Kuroda/Hiroki Katakura/Ryoichi Sato/Yuriko Matsumoto/Goichiro Ohtou|
|Instruments||violin, clarinet, french horn, violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano, flute and oboe|
|Label||HD Impression (HDI 40002)|
The octet Bitter Suite is in three movements and is about the emotional ups and downs of early adulthood. Innocence depicts a gradual awakening to some of the injustices of life. Love and Pain tells the story of a broken heart. Hope and Uncertainty juxtaposes hopes for the future with the realization that there is no guarantee of a happy ending.
Rainy Day was inspired by a washi (Japanese paper) doll given to the composer. It depicts the emotions of a child who cannot play outside because it is raining.
Reflections is a traditional romantic piano quintet in both its melodic style and four-movement structure. It depicts the journey of a river from its source in the hills to the ocean, with the river also conceived as a metaphor for life.
The CD is the first album by Tokyo-based academic/composer Philip Seaton. It was released by HD Impression in September 2018.
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