© 2003 Lawrence Tuczynski

Title Akira Ifukube: Salome
CD Label Futureland
CD Number LD32-5054
Music by: Akira Ifukube
Number of tracks 7
Running time 44:41
Number of discs 1
Year of release/manufacture September 24,1988


February 11, 2003 Courtesy of Sam Scali

Akira Ifukube: Salome (LD32-5054) - recorded 7/24/87

Like all of Akira Ifukube's classical recordings from the 80's and early 90's, this is a very hard-to-find CD. It features a rousing 1987 concert performance of Ifukube's ballet, "Salome", originally composed in 1948 in collaboration with some of Tokyo's leading dancers. The orchestral score was extensively revised and lengthened for this occasion, 39 years later, and this version is well worth seeking out. It is one of the maestro's most magnificent classical works, and fans of his sci-fi scores may also recognize strains of music heard in such films as "Rodan" and "King Kong Escapes".

An equally fine studio performance of "Salome", recorded in 1995, can be found on "The Artistry of Akira Ifukube Vol.3" (KICC-177), a disc which has also become increasingly rare.


Conductor Yamada Kazuo
Performed by (literally translated) New Star Sun Interior Orchestra

Translations courtesy of Jolyon Yates

  1. I: Prelude
  2. II: Dance of the Ladies-in-waiting
  3. III:Grand Departure of King Herod & Queen Herodeas
  4. IV: Salome Enters & Talks with The King
  5. V: Dance of the Seven Veils
  6. VI: Silent Drama
  7. VII:Madness & Death