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Changing Weather / Hidenori Arai / [Euphonium] [CD]

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Title: Changing Weather

Player:
Hidenori Arai, Euphonium
Hatsumi Shimizu, Piano

Label:opus55 LLC

Release year:2019

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from label:
The long-awaited 2nd CD of euphonium player Hidenori Arai. Like the first album "NASOTA", the new songs "Sonata for Euphonium and Piano No.2" "Impression in Those Days" "Inori " by the player himself and the album title song "Changing Weather", Arai World fully opened album.

from Golden Hearts Publications Global Store:

The second album released in 2019 by euphonium player Hidenori Arai.

Like the first album "NASOTA", the song "Sonata" is included in the first song. What a cool genius this is! As a euphonium player, the level is much higher than the previous work. While keeping the subtle narrative as it is, the sound is further refined, the range of expression is further expanded, and I'm looking forward to the third album as soon as "How far will this person evolve?"

This time again, his own 4 songs (1 more than the previous CD). Other than that, the previous work was Bach or Schumann, but this time it is Gilles Martin, Mendelssohn / Steckmest, Glinka, Jan Bach.

The first album was exposed with energy and passion, which was also attractive, but this second album keeps it a little bit secret (although it is full of passion) and the selection of songs It has a stylish finish overall.

To that extent, his narrative is more gentle and mellow. It is an album that accepts everyday changes as described in the title, enjoys those changes, and responds to those changes, going through the changing times. Gentle & Dandy.

Like the previous work, Arai himself is the producer. Especially in terms of sound as a CD, I think it was quite sophisticated.

The piano is Hatsumi Shimizu, as in the previous work. It is a good combination.

Euphonium CDs are interesting because amazing CDs are coming out all over the world. Euphonium enthusiasts should buy this "Changing Weather" without hesitation.

(txt. Shuhei Umemoto)

Biography:

Hidenori Arai / Euphonium
Hidenori Arai is very active as a freelance Euphonium player, performing as soloist and ensemble player as well as guest player in orchestras and wind bands.
He is principal euphonium player of “Brass Band Xepher”, member of “FUNKARU” (Euphonium Tuba Quartet) and “Bottoms Up Euphonium Tuba Quartet”.
He also composes, particularly for the euphonium and tuba which are instruments he is familiar with.
He currently serves as lecturer at Senzoku-Gakuen College of Music and executive director of the Japan Euphonium Tuba Association.
He graduated from Senzoku-Gakuen College of Music with highest honors - at the top of all classes. He studied with Kaoru Tsuyuki, Michio Funakoshi and Tetsuya Otsuka.
Prizes include 3rd prize at the 5th Jeju International Brass Competition, 3rd prize at the 26th Japan Wind and Percussion Competition and 1st prize at the 7th Tsuken Concours. And he performed at several concerts by selected musicians in Japan including Yomiuri Newcomer Concert and JMC Concert.
As an artist and an educator, he also appears on many festivals, academies and conferences including “Asia Tuba Euphonium Festival” 2016 in South Korea / 2017 in Hong Kong / 2018 in South Korea and “International Tuba Euphonium Conference 2019” in Iowa.
As a composer, in 2012, he was commissioned by the Japan Euphonium Tuba Association (JETA) to compose a required piece “Sonata for Tuba and Piano with Prologue" for the 2nd J.E.T.A. Student Competition.
He released two CDs; “Nasota” in 2017 and “Changing Weather” in 2019.

Song List:

Sonata for Euphonium and Piano No.2 : Hidenori Arai
1. Tempo di Valse, appassionato - Latin [5:06] →audio
2. Tempo rubato - Beguine [3:43] →audio
3. Rondo alla Zingarese [3:10]  →audio

Mignardises : Gilles Martin
4. Giocoso [1:04] →audio
5. Cantabile [1:55] →audio

6. Fantasie "Auf Flugeln des Gesags" : Felix Mendelssohn / Henri Steckmest [4:05] →audio

7. Sonatensatz:Michail Glinka (arr. Rainer Schottstadt) [9:52] →audio

Impression in Those Days : Hidenori Arai
8. Kira Kira [1:15] →audio
9. Henteco [1:31] →audio
10. Poco a Poco a... [2:46] →audio

11. Concert Variations : Jan Bach [16:03] →audio

12. Inori : Hidenori Arai [4:05] →audio

13. Changing Weather : Hidenori Arai [6:11] →audio