Eötvös: As I Crossed a Bridge of Dreams
Scenes from 11th-century Japan
Elizabeth Laurence (reciter - Lady Sarashina), Mike Svoboda (alto trombone with double-bell), Gérard Buquet (contrabass trombone with double-bell/sousaphone), Blythe Holcomb, Nadia Hardman, David Hill (voices)
UMZE Chamber Ensemble, Gergely Vajda
1 CD + Bonus audio-only DVD features DTS and Dolby Digital 5.1 formats
One thousand years ago a woman in Japan wrote a book, which survived the centuries and it is now one of the early Japanese classics. The book is usually known as Sarashina Nikki. Lady Sarashina herself never gave the book any such title. Like most literary works of the period, it was named by subsequent copyists. Sarashina is in fact a mountainous district in central Japan. It is not mentioned a single time in the book, but there is an indirect allusion to the place in one of the author’s last poems. Nikki is usually translated ‘diary’. But this book will show that it is no daily record of events but a book in which the material has been deliberately selected and shaped to reveal certain significant aspects of a woman’s life.