Genzoh Takehisa  
"Simply convincing, incredibly effective," said music critics about Genzoh Takehisa's interpretation of Buxthehude's compositions for the organ along with his own oratorio, "Creation." The accolades came during tour of Germany by Musica Poetica, a Japanese group led by Yumiko Tanno, director of the Tokyo Heinrich Shutz Choir.
Takehisa hails from Matsuyama in Japan's Ehime Prefecture, where he began learning the harpsichord in 1969 at age 12. His higher education includes a degree in musicology, majoring in rhetorical theory of 16th and 17th European music, from the Tokyo University of Fine Arts.
Japan-wide tours as a professional began in 1984, with Takehisa performing works ranging from those from the Middle Ages to those of modern composers. Takehisa himself began composing and arranging in 1986, and continues to the present.
Takehisa's recording career has been eventful, producing nearly two dozen CDs of mainly renaissance and baroque selections, released on ALM and AEOLIAN labels. They demonstrate Takehisa's virtuosity on harpsichord, organ, and fortepiano. Pieces from his CDs such as the Goldberg Variations and the Realms of the Keyboard Music Series (vol.1-6), accompanied by Takehisa's essays, became special discs of the Record Geijutsu magazine.
Takehisa also wrote the landmark essay "New People Make New Music" and directs his own ensemble, Conversum Musicum, which has four CDs. He is a dynamic performer and accomplished composer who seeks to continue working across an ever-broader range.
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J.S.Bach "Goldberg-variations"
works:J.S.Bach"Goldberg-variations" BWV988
Performers:(Harpsichord) Genzoh Takehisa
CD(ALM Records-ALCD-1013),recorded in 1994
The realms of keyboard music vol.4 Fortepiano Collection
works:Franz Schubert Impromptus Op.90 D.899 No.1~4,
Impromptus Op.142 D.935 No.1,2,3,4
Performers:(Fortepiano) Genzoh Takehisa
CD(ALM Records-ALCD-1019),recorded in 1997
Bach's Concertos for sundry Instruments--Bach at Zimmermann's Café
works:J.S.BachChromatic Fantasy and Fugue d-minor BWV903,
Harpsichord concerto No.1 d-minor BWV1052,
Harpsichord concerto No.5 f-minor BWV1056,
Oboe & Violin concerto c-minor BWV1060a
Performers:(Harpsichord) Genzoh Takehisa, (Orchestra)Conversum Musicum
CD(ALM Records-ALCD-1046),recorded in 2001
The Realms of Ensemble Music vol.1
works:J.Pachelbel Canon a 3 con suo basso
A.Stradella Sinfonia a minor
H.I.F.von Biber Battalia, Violin Solo representativa, Sonata a 6 "die Pauern Kirchfartt genandt"
J.H.Schmelzer Sonata XI
Performers:(Harpsichord, Arrangement)Genzoh Takehisa, (Orchestra)Conversum Musicum
CD(ALM Records-ALCD-1032),recorded in 2000/2001
works:J.S.Bach Harpsichord Concerto No.3 BWV1054, Harpsichord Concerto No.4 BWV1055, Italian Concerto F-major BWV971, Violin Concerto No.1 BWV1041
Performers:(Harpsichord, Fortepiano)Genzoh Takehisa, (Orchestra)Conversum Musicum
CD(ALM Records-ALCD-1029),recorded in 2000
Antonio Vivaldi "Le Quattro Stagioni" -- "The four seasons"
works:A.Vivaldi Il Cimento, dell'Armonica e dell'Invenzione Op.8-1~4 "La Quattro Stagioni" -- "The four seasons"
Performers:(Harpsichord)Genzoh Takehisa, (Orchestra)Conversum Musicum
CD(ALM Records-ALCD-1043),recorded in 2002

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