2007 Lawrence Tuczynski

Title The Artistry Of Akira Ifukube 9
SAI-Akira Ifukube Music Festival Live
CD Label King Record Co., Ltd.
CD Number KICC-662-63
Music composed by: Akira Ifukube
Music conducted by: Tetsuii Honna
Music performed by: Japan Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of tracks Disc 1 - 6
Disc 2 - 7
Running time Disc 1 - 33:46
Disc 2 - 51:00
Number of discs 2
Year of release/manufacture June 27, 2007


August 26, 2007

I've now had time to listen to this set twice. As with most Ifukube discs from Japan this one sounds terrific. My only complaint is there is nothing new. It's just another repackaging of things we've heard before, great as they are. I loved the disc but can only recommend it for completists or those that don't have this material on previous discs.

The Artistry Of Akira Ifukube 9

    Disc 1

  1. Symphonic Fantasia No. 1
  2. Opening title, ski scene from "Snow Trail"
  3. Opening title from "Zatoichi: The Life And Opinion of Masseur Ichi"
  4. Main theme from "Harp Of Burma"
  5. Dance of AMENOUZUME from "The Little Prince And 8-Headed Dragon"
  6. March Fantasia for orchestra

    Disc 2

    JAPAN SUITE for orchestra

  1. BON-ODORI, Nocturnal dance of the Bon-Festival, Allegro energico
  2. TANABATA, Fete of Vega, Lento tranquillo
  3. NAGASHI, Profane minstrel, Quasi burlesco
  4. NEBUTA, Festal ballad, Marciale pesante

  6. 1st Mov.: Lento molto-Allegro
  7. 2nd Mov.: Adagio
  8. 3rd Mov.: Vivace