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The predominant influence on this Naxos disc is Japanese folk music.
Kabuki percussion features strongly in the 1960 Rhapsody for Orchestra by Hindemith pupil
Yuzo Toyama (born 1931), who incorporates the traditional songs of fishermen, miners and
pack-horse drivers, plus folk music from banquets and festivals
[listen -- track 1, 2:46-3:46].
Also strong are Western influences -- Prokofiev, Shostakovich and possibly Kabalevsky,
who show through clearly in the allegro second movement
of Music for Symphony Orchestra
[listen -- track 6, 3:45-4:58] by Yasushi Akutagawa (1925-89).
Ryusuke Numajiri and the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra provide first class
performances. For those wanting to know more, a detailed essay by
Morihide Katayarna on the music of this interesting CD is included in the notes,
and the English version is available in full on the Naxos website.
There's also some information about each of these composers available online in English.
Copyright © 23 April 2003
Keith Bramich, London, UK
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8.555071 DDD Stereo 65'41" 2002 IVY Corporation and HNH International Ltd
Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra; Ryusuke Numajiri, conductor
Yuzo Toyama: Rhapsody for orchestra (1960); arr Hidemaro Konoye: Etenraku (1931); Akira Ifukube: Japanese Rhapsody (1935); Yasushi Akutagawa: Music for Symphony Orchestra (1950); Kiyoshige Koyama: Kobiki-Uta for Orchestra (1957); Takashi Yoshimatsu: Threnody to Toki for string orchestra and piano Op 12 (1979 rev 1980)