I don’t listen to nearly enough classical cello music. Takenobu recently put an album called Momotaro on BandCamp, and it’s incredible. These 13 tracks are this artist interpretation of the Japanese traditional folk tale of the story of Momotaro, the boy born from the peach.

Momotaro grows up, meets three animal companions, and fights the demons that marauded his village. This is the kind of music that deserves to be taken in slowly with good speakers and a free mind. Read the Wikipedia article about Momotaro, make sure you don’t have too much to do, sit somewhere comfortable and take this story in.

All of this music is Nick Takenobu Ogawa’s originial composituion for cello. It’s a continuous piece, but you’ll need to purchase the album to experience it without some minor gaps between tracks. The purpose for the tracks is to indicate which part of the story is being represented. It’s all beautiful music.

You could easily listen to this piece with no prior knowledge of Momotaro and fully enjoy it. This music is wonderful. The cello is one of the most beautiful instruments, and Takenobu really understands how to make music that both represents something and stands alone as wonderful, flowing sound.

It is rich, dynamic and exactly what you might need to listen to in a world of constant drum machines and digital synthesizers. Take some time to sit down and listen to these natural sounds and hear this natural story. It’s more than refreshing.