2001 Lawrence Tuczynski

Title: Contemporary Music Of Japan Vol. 5
CD Label: Victor Entertainment, Inc.
CD Number: VICC-23010
Music composed by: Akira Ifukube, Kiyoshige Koyama & Yuzo Toyama
Number of tracks: 3
Running time: 40:12
Number of discs: 1
Year of release/manufacture: 1995


December 29, 2001

Track 1 is by Akira Ifukube and is the longest of the three tracks clocking in at 21:20. This is a nice, mostly action oriented piece that I enjoyed very much and didn't have echoes of other Ifukube tunes as many of his CD's do.

Track 2 is by Kiyoshige Koyama and I was surprised at how similar it sounded to Ifukube's track. Again a very pleasant listen.

Track 3 is by Yuzo Toyama and is the shortest of the three tracks and also the softest and most mellow. No action here.

Overall I really enjoyed this CD annd found myself wishing it was longer and contained more tracks.

Title: Contemporary Music Of Japan Vol. 5

  1. Akira Ifukube - Litmica Ostinata For Piano And Orchestra (1961)
    [Recorded January 5~6, 1971 at Setagaya Public Hall]
    Hitoshi Kobayashi - piano
    Hiroshi Wakasugi - conductor
  2. Kiyoshige Koyama - Kobiki-Uta For Orchestra (1957)
    [Recorded December 4, 1977 at Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra Hall]
    Yuzo Toyama - conductor
  3. Yuzo Toyama - Rhapsody For Orchestra (1960)
    [Recorded July 16, 1986 at Nerima Bunka Center]
    Yukinori Tezuka - conductor
    Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra