1999 Lawrence Tuczynski

Title Film Music of Akira Kurosawa Disc 4
CD Label Futureland/Toshiba-EMI Ltd.
CD Number TYCY-5640
Number of tracks 3
Running time 58:57
Year of release/manufacture 1998
Recording Stereo

REVIEW

Disc 4 covers material from 1970 to 1980 and is another of my favorites in this set. This CD is made up of three suites with Track #3 being the longest one at over 37 minutes with 23 parts to it. Track #1 is light, medium tempo music with a dreamlike quality to it. It starts off with a theme that strongly reminds me of an instrumental version of a 1960's song by Richard Harris called "McArthur Park", you know, the "...cake left out in the rain..." song. The rest of the track is nice and relaxing to listen to. Track #2 contains several sections with men singing accapella. This track also contains a little dialogue and sounds that seem like the marching feet of soldiers. Track #3, the long one from Kagemusha, is very good and runs the gamot of military drumming, priestly chanting, lilting walking type music and suspense. A good mix of many styles with an epic, 16th century feudal type feel to it.

Film Music of Akira Kurosawa Disc 4
  1. Dodes'Kaden
  2. Dersu Uzala
  3. Kagemusha