2006 Lawrence Tuczynski

Title The Art Of Kazuo Yamada
CD Label JOD Classics
CD Number JOD-116~117
Music by: Shinsei Nihon Symphony Orchestra
Music conducted by: Kazuo Yamada
(October 19, 1912 - August 13, 1991)
Number of tracks Disc 1 - 7
Disc 2 - 5
Running time Disc 1 - 49:28
Disc 2 - 39:33
Number of discs 2
Year of release/manufacture ?

REVIEW

August 25, 2006

This two CD set is done by the Shinsei Nihon Symphony Orchestra being conducted by Kazuo Yamada (born October 19, 1912 - died August 13, 1991). These recordings are probably the last he did before his death. I'm surprised at how short the time is on these two discs. They could almost but not quite all fit on one CD. The first disc is comprised of pieces by four different composers.

The reason this disc appears here is that the second disc is entirely composed by Akira Ifukube. LAUDA CONCERTATA appears on several other discs on this site:
AKIRA IFUKUBE: WORKS FOR ORCHESTRA (FOCD-3222)
AKIRA IFUKUBE: WORKS FOR ORCHESTRA (FOCD-2512) (reissue of FOCD-3222)
APPARITIONS FOR PERCUSSION (CD WS01)
AKIRA IFUKUBE: 80TH BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE SYMPHONY (TYCY-5424~5)
SIGNALS FROM HEAVEN (KOCD-2906)

JAPANESE RHAPSODY (1935) also appears on many other discs on this site:
AKIRA IFUKUBE: GREAT RECORDING IN JAPAN SERIES #9 (CZ30-9017)
J CLASSIC GREAT RECORDING SERIES 8 (TOCE-9434) (reissue of CZ30-9017)
AKIRA IFUKUBE: WORKS FOR ORCHESTRA (FOCD-3222)
AKIRA IFUKUBE: WORKS FOR ORCHESTRA (FOCD-2512) (reissue of FOCD-3222)
AKIRA IFUKUBE: 80TH BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE SYMPHONY (TYCY-5424~5)
ARTISTRY OF AKIRA IFUKUBE 1 (KICC-175)
JAPANESE ORCHESTRAL FAVORITES (NAXOS 8.555071)
THE ARTISTRY OF AKIRA IFUKUBE 8 (KICC-469~70)
GOUKAI Na ODOSHIMA (G.R.F. 014) (a cappella version)

The Art Of Kazuo Yamada

    [ Disc 1 ]

    Serenade for String Orchestra in C major op. 48 - P.I. TCHAIKOVSKY

  1. Pezzo in forma di Sonatina, Andante non troppo - Allegro moderato
  2. Valse, Moderato, Tempo di Valse
  3. Elegia, Larghetto elegiaco
  4. Finale, Tema russo, Andante - Allegro con spirito
  5. E. WOLF - FERRARI

  6. 2nd Intermezzo from "I gioielli della Madonna"
  7. M. de FALLA

  8. The Ritual Fire Dance from "El amor brujo"
  9. D. SHOSTAKOVICH

  10. Festive Overture

    [ Disc 2 ]

    AKIRA IFUKUBE - Lauda Concertata

  1. Adagio religioso
  2. Tempo rubato, espr, leggiero
  3. Allegro como sopra
  4. AKIRA IFUKUBE - Japanese Rhapsody

  5. Nocturne
  6. Fete

Recording Dates & Location:
Disc 1, tracks 1-4, April 27, 1991 at Suntory Hall
tracks 5 & 7, April 28, 1991 at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space
track 6, April 16, 1991 at Suntory Hall
Disc 2, tracks 1-3, June 1990 at Berlin Shauspielhaus
tracks 4 & 5, December 1990 at Suntory Hall