© 2003 Lawrence Tuczynski
|Title||Akira Ifukube: Salome|
|Music by:||Akira Ifukube|
|Number of tracks||7|
|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
Translations courtesy of Jolyon Yates