1999 Lawrence Tuczynski

Title Symphonic Ode
CD Label Youmex, Inc.
CD Number DSA 54024
Music Composed by: Akira Ifukube
Music by: Tokyo Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by: Kazuhiko Komatsu
Number of tracks 4
Running time 60:23
Number of discs 1
Year of release/manufacture 1989
Year of release/manufacture Recorded live at:
Kanhi Hoken Hall
Tokyo, April 8th, 1989


Track 1 is a live version of Symphonic Fantasia and is a well done, nicely woven medley of Godzilla music. Track 2 is much slower and darker music. It evokes a feeling of loss. Track 3 reminds me of music you might hear in a ghost story. It starts out slow and plodding and about a third of the way through picks up into an action/suspense, fast tune and then goes back to slower music with a chorus and lots of woodwind instruments. The whole track does a lot of switching back and forth. The chorus part is made up of chanting,similar to what's heard in King Kong by the natives. Track 4 is dark, brooding music punctuated by lots of bells.

Overall this was a very good CD to listen to. There was music that was familiar and also stuff I hadn't heard before. Since this was a live recording, the last minute and a half of track 4 is made up of clapping and what sounds like a standing ovation.

Symphonic Ode

  1. Symphonic Fantasia
  2. Symphonic Ode: Gotama The Buddha in Pali Language: Siddharta In Kapilavastu
  3. Meditation At Bodh Gaya
  4. Ode (Acintiya Buddha)