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Barbican Centre: Hall
|Total Immersion: BBC Symphony Orchestra dedicates a day to the sounds of Japan|
|The final concert in this day-long exploration of Japanese music turned out to be a bit of a mixed bag. It is likely that, with the exception of Toru Takemitsu, few average Western audiences would be familiar with the composers featured in this programme. This is of course a wonderful reason to exhibit their work – however, in programming a concert comprised of relatively unknown music (all of tonight’s six pieces were national or regional premières), combining the right amount of variety with familiarity becomes even more important than usual.
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