2011 Lawrence Tuczynski

Title: The 18th Concert Hall Homage of Japanese Modern Music
Alternate Title: AKIRA IFUKUBE: TONE POEM "ARCTIC FOREST" | SHIRO FUKAI: CANTATA "HEIWA-ENO INORI"
CD Label: Octavia Records Inc.
CD Number: OVCL-00433
Music Composed by: Akira Ifukube & Shiro Fukai
Music Performed by: Orchestra Nipponica
Number of tracks: 8
Running time: 71:51
Number of discs: 1
Year of release/manufacture: November 17, 2010
Recording Date: August 08, 2010

REVIEW

January 22, 2011

This CD is a live 24 bit recording by the Orchestra Nipponica (Japanese Orchestra) comprised of three tracks by Akira Ifukube from his Tone Poem "Artic Forest" composed in 1945 and five tracks from Shiro Fukai's Cantata "Heiwa-eno Inori" (text by Atsuo Ohki) composed in 1949.

The CD itself is wonderful sounding and I really enjoyed Akira Ifukube's tracks. Those three tracks are more in line with his classical music than his monster music but parts of them definitely sound action/fantasy related while the rest is slow & gentle sounding. The last five tracks are composed by Shiro Fukai. I didn't care much for tracks 4, 5 & 7 because most of it sounded like opera music and I'm not a fan of opera. It's one of the two types of music I could never get into (the other being Hip Hop/Rap). However I really enjoyed tracks 6 & 8. They are beautiful classical sounding pieces that sound as if they could have appeared in epic movies of the 1930's & 40's in the vein of something like "Gone With The Wind". With the chorale voices in track 8 the music reminded me of something you might have found in a film like Walt Disney's "Fantasia".

Conductor: Tetsuji Honna
Soprano: Noriko Sasaki
Alto: Yuko Anazawa
Tenor: Jun Suzuki
Bass:Katsunori Kono
Producer: Tomoyoshi Ezaki
Recording Director: Keiji Ono
Recording Location: Hibiya Public Hall, Tokyo

The 18th Concert Hall Homage of Japanese Modern Music (OVCL-00433)

    Akira Ifukube (1914-2006) - Tone Poem "Artic Forest"

  1. Andante Tranquillo
  2. Moderato Pastorale
  3. Allegro Rapsodico
  4. Shiro Fukai (1907-1959) - Cantata "Heiwa-eno Inori"

  5. 1 Tres lent
  6. 2 Modere
  7. 3 Lent
  8. 4 Lent
  9. 5 Moderement anime