2004 Lawrence Tuczynski

Title AKIRA IFUKUBE: GREAT RECORDING IN JAPAN SERIES #9
CD Label Toshiba
CD Number CZ30-9017
Music composed by: Akira Ifukube
Number of tracks 5
Running time 45:46
Number of discs 1
Year of release/manufacture 11/25/87 (recorded in 1968)

REVIEW

January 16, 2004

This is another fine sounding CD of Ifukube work. The first two tracks belonging to "Japanese Rhapsody" are fast paced and have a sound that would feel right at home in an Arabian Nights movie. Very catch and infectious. Tracks 3 & 4 belonging to "Symphonic Ballad" are much slower and have a flamenco guitar feel to them. Mostly guitar music on these two tracks. The final track is also guitar oriented and would fit right in with the previous two tracks. Overall a very enjoyable CD and one that will be hard to find. I know "Japanese Rhapsody" appears also on other CD's and think the other tracks may also be on other CD's.

Note: This CD was reissued in 1997 with different packaging as TOCE-9434.

GREAT RECORDING IN JAPAN SERIES #9

    Japanese Rhapsody

  1. Nocturne
  2. Fete
  3. Symphonic Ballad

  4. Allegro Capriccioso
  5. Andante Rapsodico
  6. Cantilena Ballabile sol Modo Antico di Giappone