© 2006 Lawrence Tuczynski
CD Information courtesy of Rich Housh
|Title||Complete Takemitsu Edition 4|
Music For Movies 2 
|CD Label||Shogakukan Inc. & Toho Music Corp.|
|Music by:||Toru Takemitsu|
|Number of tracks||Disc 1 : 67|
Disc 2 : 54
|Running time||Disc 1 - 65:55|
Disc 2 - 74:28
|Number of discs||2|
|Year of release/manufacture||2003|
August 31, 2006
Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996) did film scores for 93 movies. These COMPLETE TAKEMITSU EDITION 4, Music For Movies sets give us many of these soundtracks. With the exception of "Dodes'kadan" which is an excellant movie by Akira Kurosawa, I have personally never seen the movies from this set so can not say how well the music interacts with what's on screen. My opinions will be based on stand alone listing.
Disc 1 one is a nice sounding disc with 67 tracks, most of which are very short cues. Some of the music in the first few tracks seemed very similar to the song "McArthur Park" sung by Richard Harris back in 1968. The "Dodes'kadan" music I have heard before and the soundtrack to that movie can be found in the 3rd Akira Kurosawa box set also on this site on the ak-0010 disc. Some music from that film can also be found on the % disc Kurosawa Box Set on Disc 4 AK-4 also on this site. I also liked the music on this CD to "The Earth Is Born". A few of them reminded me of music from the original "Planet Of The Apes" movie but others were sad violin pieces. Most of this first disc works well as a stand alone listening experience with the exception maybe of the tracks for "Silence".
While Disc 2 has it's moments, the majority of this disc doesn't work as stand alone music and would benefit greatly from hearing it while watching the films the tracks are from.
Complete Takemitsu Edition 4 : Music For Movies 2 
Disc 1 (STZ-34)
Disc 2 (STZ-35)