1999 Lawrence Tuczynski

Title The Artistry of Akira Ifukube 5
RAKU - AKIRA IFUKUBE ORCHESTRAL WORKS
CD Label King Record Co., Ltd.
CD Number KICC 179
Music composed by: Akira Ifukube
Music conducted by: Naoto Otomo (Tracks 1-3)
Jyunichi Hirokami (Tracks 4 & 5)
Music performed by: Japan Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
Number of tracks 5
Running time 60:43
Number of discs 1
Year of release/manufacture 1997

REVIEW

This CD has the longest running time and fewest number of tracks in this 5 CD series. The majority of this music sounds like classical type music with hints of some of the marches used in Akira Ifukube's kaiju films. There is one part in track one that is very reminiscent of music heard in Godzilla films. Also in track 5 there is a piece that is definitely straight from Godzilla films. Again we have a good mixture of action sounding pieces mixed with mellower, slower paced pieces.

I enjoyed this CD and in fact enjoyed all five volumes in this series. Again, if you have a leaning toward enjoying classical music, you will probably enjoy this CD. If you're looking for more monster film music, then you should probably avoid this CD. Some passages on this CD did remind me somewhat of music done by Bernard Herrmann.


The Artistry of Akira Ifukube 5 
RAKU - AKIRA IFUKUBE ORCHESTRAL WORKS

SYMPHONY CONCERTANTE FOR PIANO AND ORCHESTRA (1941)

 1.	1st Mov.: Vivace meccanico
 2.	2nd Mov.: Lent con malinconia
 3.	3rd Mov.: Allegro barbaro

Izumi Tateno - piano
Naoto Otomo conducting the JAPANESE PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
Recorded: August 18-20, 1997 at FUCHU-NO-MORI THEATER DREAM HALL

RAPSODIA CONCERTANTE PER VIOLINO ED ORCHESTRA (1948/1971)

 4.	1st Mov.: Adagio - Allegro
 5.	2nd Mov.: Vivace spiritoso

Tsugio Tokunaga - violin
Jyunichi Hirokami conducting the JAPANESE PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
Recorded: June 30 & July 1, 1997 at TOKOROZAWA MUSE ARK HALL