Sabbath musical delight: Morgaua Quartet playing prog-rock classics

Via the BabyBlaueSeiten (a German-language progressive rock reviews site), I stumbled upon an unexpectedly pleasant surprise.

The Morgaua [String] Quartet (homepage in Japanese) is the chamber music side project of four top-tier Japanese orchestral musicians:

  • Eiji Arai (1st violin) is the concertmaster of the Tokyo Philharmonic
  • Tetsuo Tozawa (2nd violin) is the concertmaster of the (competing) Tokyo City Philharmonic
  • Hisashi Ono (viola) is the principal violist of the NHK Symphony Orchestra
  • Ryochi Fujimori (cello) is the principal cellist of the same orchestra

They started out recording Shostakovich’s string quartets for Denon (=Japanese Columbia) Records, and have recorded other classical music. Recently, they have recorded two albums of their own arrangements for string quartet of several progressive rock classics. Here is a YouTube video of one of their live concerts.

The setlist:

  1. “Dancing with the moonlit knight” by Genesis
  2. “Money” by Pink Floyd
  3. “And you and I” by Yes
  4. “In the court of the crimson king” by King Crimson
  5. “Karn Evil 9, 1st Impression” by ELP (Emerson, Lake, and Palmer)
  6. “21st Century schizoid man” by King Crimson

And here comes, as an encore, my favorite King Crimson tune, the edgy “Red””


/Kudos to Mrs. NCT for language assistance


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