© 2003 Lawrence Tuczynski

Title Works By Akira Ifukube 1
CD Label Fontec
CD Number FOCD3140
Music by: Akira Ifukube
Music Conducted by: Maki Ishii
Music Performed by: The New Symphony Orchestra
Number of tracks 4
Running time 53:54
Number of discs 1
Year of release/manufacture 1991


December 29, 2003

This disc is the original 1991 release that was later re-released in 1996 as FOCD-9086 located elsewhere on this site.

Tracks 1-3 were recorded live on Jan. 19, 1991 at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space while track 4 was recorded live on Nov. 23, 1984 at Tokyo Bunka Kaikan.

This is a very good sounding CD of music by Akira Ifukube. A very good portion of the music on this disc is slow, dark and somewhat foreboding sounding.

Track #1 is mostly slow and relaxing. During this piece we get some very brief hints of familiar music that shows up in Ifukube's Kaiju scores. Track #2 starts out slow and reminded me of something that would be played during a night scene in a forest. At about the 5 minute mark the track picks up the pace and becomes very action oriented and familiar sounding. The pace will later slow down and pick up again. Some parts of this track sound as if they could have come from "King Kong vs Godzilla". Track #3 is also a slow paced track while Track # 4 is flat out great fast paced Godzilla music.

If you can find it or the rerelease FOCD-9086 , this would be a great addition for the Akira Ifukube music lover.

English Title: Works By Akira Ifukube 1
by The New Symphony Orchestra conducted by Maki Ishii

    Symphonic Ode "GOTAMA THE BUDDHA"

  1. I. Siddhartha in Kapilavastu
  2. II. Meditation at Budh Gaya
  3. III. Ode (Acintiya Buddha)
  4. Symphonic Fantasia No. 1 (1954/83)