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04-24-2009, 08:41 AM
I upload this really awesome CD, i hope you all enjoy, especially you, Sirus *HUUG* ^^

Japanese Orchestral Favourites
Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Ryusuke Numajiri

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Yuzo Toyoma
01.Rhapsody For Orchestra

Hidemaro Konoye

Akira Ifukube

Yasushi Akutagawa

Kiyoshige Koyama
07.Kobiki-Uta For Orchestra

Takashi Yoshimatsu
08.Threnody To Toki For Orchestra And Piano

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Review to Japanese Orchestral Favourites (from [Only registered and activated users can see links])

Although the Japanese people tend to know a lot about Western classical music, Western listeners haven't returned the courtesy. (Takemitsu's music is the exception that proves the rule.) A disc with the title Japanese Orchestral Favorites begs the question, "Whose favorites?" Of the six works on this CD, I'd previously heard a grand total of three. I consider it my good fortune that this new release has added to my musical education.

Naxos' booklet notes tell us the first Japanese work for "European-style orchestra" was written as recently as 1921. That doesn't mean the work sounds "European," though. The composer may or may not choose to use Japanese melodies, or, more specifically, the pentatonic (whole note) scale (for example, C-D-E-F#-G#-A#-C) in his or her work. This scale, rightly or wrongly, has signified Asia in nearly every Hollywood epic since films had scores. Almost from the get-go, works such as Yuzo Toyama's Rhapsody (1960) and Hidemaro Konoye's 1931 arrangement of Etenraku (an ancient Chinese or Japanese song) sound like what we label as Japanese music. The former is a kinetically exciting showpiece – very athletic, but with a quiet middle section – and the latter is based (hypnotically) on gagaku music from the Japanese Imperial court. (The last work used to be in Stokowski's repertoire.) Akira Ifukube's percussion-rich Japanese Rhapsody (1935) melds folk-style melodies with the Stravinsky of The Rite of Spring or the Prokofieff of the Scythian Suite to piquant effect.

Yasushi Akutagawa's Music for Symphony Orchestra (1950) is something else entirely. The first section, an Andantino, is quietly cheeky, but with a coolly melancholy middle section. Again, Prokofieff comes to mind, but this time without the overtly Japanese elements. That impression is strengthened by the succeeding Allegro, a riotous knees-up that might have been written by Shostakovich, had he scored a Keystone Kops movie. (I also thought of the end of Fellini's 8½, as scored by Nino Rota.)

Kobiki-Uta is a woodcutter's song. In Kiyoshige Koyama's 1957 variations on the same, a cello starts by "singing" the song to string and brass punctuations that eerily mimic the sound of an electric saw. Successive variations place the song in more traditional settings, with lots of interesting, heavy rhythms for the drums and other percussion instruments. An unsteady trombone solo suggests that one of the woodcutters has overindulged in sake.

Threnody to Toki (1980) is Takashi Yoshimatsu's heartfelt plea for the restoration of beauty – as symbolized by the crested ibis - as an artistic virtue. (Yoshimatsu, something of a reactionary, is regarded as a neo-romantic.) Paradoxically, this is the most modern-sounding work on this CD, although – in its closeness to Takemitsu – it is absolutely gorgeous. No question here about Yoshimatsu's commitment to beauty. (Listeners who are intrigued should investigate a series of Chandos discs devoted to this composer.)

The performances are superb – poetic where poetry is needed and lusty when required – and the Naxos engineering is top-of-the-line. This CD is an excellent antidote to overly familiar music and excessively touted "superstars."

04-24-2009, 09:18 AM
Domo Arigatou Gozaimasu Billie! (had to reply in Japanese to such a wonderful thread!)

Lens of Truth
04-24-2009, 09:18 AM
Thanks Billie for this generous upload. I find it much handier having it in mp3.

Edit: Just thought I'd point out a mistake in the review (this kind of thing bugs me, sorry). The whole tone scale is actually 'hexatonic' (6 notes), as opposed to pentatonic (5). It sounds like he's got two differnt things confused. The pentatonic scale is the one we most readily associate with the east. Whole tone stuff is usually more suggestive of the supernatural/otherwordly/mysterious etc :)

04-24-2009, 09:33 AM
irashai masen, minna ^^ (you are welcome ^^)

i think you are right, but i really haven't the ability to know this XD, but thank you for your information

04-24-2009, 09:37 AM
Thank you so much, A-W-E-S-O-M-E o_o !!!!!

I love Orchestral music and japanese music, so, japanese + orchestral = ^_^

04-24-2009, 09:40 AM
you are welcome ^^

Lens of Truth
04-24-2009, 09:52 AM
Billie, just play those notes (C-D-E-F#-G#-A# - 6!) on a piano/keyboard and you'll see what I mean. :D The rest of the review really does justice to this recording tho.

Interesting that it mentions the Yoshimatsu series on Chandos. I've been curious about these for a while..

04-24-2009, 03:38 PM
Or you can listen to the japanese scale here:

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When you hear these series of notes, they just "sound" japanese. That's the magic.

04-24-2009, 04:17 PM
And of course, thank you very much for posting. :) You have so many great and rare albums, Billie. That's impressive.

01-28-2011, 12:02 AM
The old link is dead, but I found a FLAC version on another site and re-uploaded it here:

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01-28-2011, 12:13 AM
Thanks!!! :)

01-28-2011, 02:41 AM
The old link is dead, but I found a FLAC version on another site and re-uploaded it here:

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Thanks for re-uploading this album!

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03-08-2011, 04:46 PM

Herr Salat
04-10-2013, 01:58 PM
Thanks to the original uploader and Firestorm717, here's FLAC re-uploaded to Mega :'D

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06-10-2015, 06:09 AM
Many thanks for the share!

06-14-2015, 04:07 PM
Thank you!