2015-09-17 17:53:09 UTC
Akira Ifukube: Orchestral Works. Japan Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
conducted by Jyun'ichi Hirokami. King KICC 178
Symphonic Fantasias 1-3 and Rondo Burlesque for Japanese Drum and
The Fantasias are drawn from Ifukube's film music, mostly
Japanese monster movies such as Godzilla, Battle in Outer Space,
Destroy All Monsters, and many others. As a result, most of the
movements come from the following categories: (1) peace and tranquility,
(2) ominous foreboding as the monster rises from the depths,
(3) march of the human armies to combat the monsters, (4) battle music,
and (5) devastation and tranquility restored-with occasional hints of a
Each movement tends to be short, as seems little more than excerpts from
a movie score. There is not attempt to build a new, through-composed,
piece from these excerpts, at least to my ear.
The Rondo Burlesque is one ten-minute movement and tends to
overstay its welcome.
I don't know if the translator is having a bit of fun with stereotypes, or
the following in inadvertent:
"Flankenstein Conquers the World"
Recording Information: Studer A820 (2-channel anarogue)
Clearly, the recording was made to appeal to a specific sub-group, for
the recording information continues:
Monitor Speaker: Altec 604G
Monitor Amplifier: Altec 1568A (tube type)
even though the recording was made in 1995 when more modern
equipment was available and widely used.
A very guilty pleasure, to be enjoyed every three or four years.