© 1999 Lawrence Tuczynski
|Title||Japanese Orchestral Music|
|Music Composed by:||Akira Ifukube|
|Music by:||Malmo Symphony Orchestra|
|Conducted by:||Jun'ichi Hirokami|
|Number of tracks||10|
|Number of discs||1|
|Year of release/manufacture||1990|
(made in Austria)
Only the first two tracks on this CD were composed by Akira Ifukube. Track 3 is by Karen Tanaka, Track 4 by Yuzo Toyama, Track 5 by Atsutada Otaka and Tracks 6-10 by Kaoru Wada. I enjoyed all the tracks on this CD but I must admit I found the non Ifukube tracks to be more captivating. While none of these compositions (to the best of my knowledge) are film music, some of them sound as if they'd fit right into an action or suspense movie. The two Ifukube selections are more classical sounding, light and airy. Overall this CD surprised me by how good it was and how nice of a listening experience it was. The music here is far removed from any Godzilla tracks but is a good listen none the less.
Akira Ifukube Ballata Sinfonica (1943) 1. Prima Ballata. 2. Seconda Ballata Karen Tanaka 3. Prismes pour orchestre (1984) Yuzo Toyama 4. Symphonic Poem "Matsura" (1982) Atsutada Otaka 5. Image pour orchestre (1981) Kaoru Wada 6. I. "Hayashi" 7. II. "Magouta" 8. III. "Odori" 9. IV. "Oiwake" 10. V. "Dozokuteki-Bukyoku"