© 1999 Lawrence Tuczynski
|Title||The Artistry of Akira Ifukube 3|
MAI - AKIRA IFUKUBE ORCHESTRAL WORKS
|CD Label||King Records|
|CD Number||KICC 177|
|Music composed by:||Akira Ifukube|
|Music conducted by:||Jyunichi Hirokami|
|Music performed by:||Japan Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra|
|Music recorded:||August 22-24, 29-31, September 1, 1995|
SESSION SUGINAMI HALL, TOKYO
|Number of tracks||27|
|Number of discs||1|
|Year of release/manufacture||1995|
First off I have to be honest and say I am not a fan of Ballet. Saying that, I doubt I would like to see the ballet "Salome" that this music is from. However, the music was fantastic and I really enjoyed it. It reminded me of those old movies about ancient Roman times and Greek mythology. The music had great action pieces as well as slower, more classical sounding parts.
I enjoyed this CD very much. I also liked that the track titles tell what's going on in the story as it unfolds. Again, if you're strictly into kaiju music, then this is probably not for you. If, however, like me you have a broad taste in music and liked the music in the old movies like Hercules and other ancient Rome and Greek stories, then you may very well also enjoy this CD.
English Title: The Artistry of Akira Ifukube 3 - MAI - AKIRA IFUKUBE ORCHESTRAL WORKS Ballet "SALOME" (1948/87) 1. Prelude 2. SCENE - A great terrace in the Palace of Herod 3. The slaves of Salome, Jews, Nazarenes, etc. 4. Noise in the banqueting hall 5. Enter Herod, Herodias, and all the court. / Herod: Where is Salome? Where is the Princess? 6. Enter Salome 7. Herod looks all the while at Salome. 8. Herod, Salome, Herodias I 9. Herod, Salome, Herodias II 10. Salome: I am waiting until my slaves bring perfumes to me and the seven veils and take from off my feet my sandals. (Slaves bring perfumes and the seven veils and take the sandals off Salome) 11. Salome: I am ready, Tetrach. (Salome dances the dance of the seven veils.) First dance. 12. Second dance 13. Third dance 14. Fourth dance 15. Fifth dance 16. Sixth dance 17. Seventh dance 18. The Executioner goes down into the cistern. 19. Salome leans over the cistern. 20. A huge black arm, the arm of The Executioner, comes forth from the cistern, bearing on a silver shield the head of Jokanaan. 21. Salome seizes it. Herod hides his face in his cloak. Herodias smiles and fans herself. The Nazarenes fall on their knees and begin to pray. 22. Herod: I will not look at things. I will not suffer things to look at me. Put out the torches. Hide the moon. 23. The slaves put out the torches. The stars disappear. A great cloud crosses the moon and conceals it completely. The stage becomes quite dark. The Tetrach begins to climb the staircase. 24. Salome is moonlit. 25. Herod: Kill that woman! 26. The soldiers rush forward and crush beneath their shields Salome, daughter of Herodias, Princess of Judea. PRELUDE DU SOLDAT (1944) 27. (1944)