© 2002 Lawrence Tuczynski
|Title:||Japanese Chorus Song Composer Series 3:|
Yasushi Akutagawa, Akira Ifukube
|Music by:||YASUSHI AKUTAGAWA & AKIRA IFUKUBE|
|Number of tracks:||18|
|Number of discs:||1|
|Year of release/manufacture:||1997|
March 17, 2002 - Courtesy of Sam Scali
The music on this CD couldn't be farther from what you would hear in a Godzilla film. It is a selection of very sparsely-arranged vocal pieces, sung in Japanese in an Eastern-influenced operatic style.
Tracks 1-8 were composed by Yasushi Akutagawa, and 9-18 by Akira Ifukube. Each of the Akutagawa tracks features solo vocals with spare piano accompaniment. The first 5 tracks make up the first composition, a mostly slow, somber piece with a mournful-sounding female vocal and a haunting, romantic flavor. The second composition (Tracks 6-8) is more lively, featuring an animated male tenor and galloping piano.
The Ifukube compositions slow things down to a more stately, and somewhat darker, mood. The first composition (Tracks 9-12) features a plaintive female vocal and piano treatment, and a more Eastern sound. The next piece (Tracks 13-15) is a haunting composition with a yearning baritone male vocal and spare, slow piano, both of which pick up the pace a bit towards the end. The final composition (Tracks 16-18) is the most exotic-sounding of the bunch, featuring a wailing (and sometimes mocking) female vocal, accompanied only by sparse tribal drums.
The music on this CD is definitely not for everybody. I found it to be haunting, beautifully performed, and refreshing in its minimalism - there's a lot of "air" in it. On the other hand, the mood is mostly somber and not very uplifting, more suitable for late-night listening or contemplative moments. If dark music or operatic vocals are not your cup of tea, or if you are looking for a fix of the more typical Ifukube drama, avoid this CD at all costs.
Japanese Chorus Song Composer Series 3: Yasushi Akutagawa, Akira Ifukube
Akutagawa composed tracks 1-8, and Ifukube 9-18.
Track Titles Courtesy of Jolyon Yates !