Mishima

Mishima

by Philip Glass
     
 
Philip Glass' soundtrack to Paul Schrader's retelling of the life of Japanese author Yukio Mishima is one of his strongest early scores, one that retains his essential "Glass-ness," but begins to bring in elements of narrative, creating distinct sounds for each of the sections of Schrader's non-linear storytelling structure. So for Mishima's final day -- when he tried

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Philip Glass' soundtrack to Paul Schrader's retelling of the life of Japanese author Yukio Mishima is one of his strongest early scores, one that retains his essential "Glass-ness," but begins to bring in elements of narrative, creating distinct sounds for each of the sections of Schrader's non-linear storytelling structure. So for Mishima's final day -- when he tried to stage a military coup and ended up committing suicide -- Glass creates tense, suspenseful music with dashes of military drumming. For the sections retelling Mishima's short story Kyoko's House, he recasts his main theme into a composition for '50s-style surf-rock ensemble -- bizarre stuff, indeed. This is stirring, potent music that never once condescends to throw in some sort of Japanese instrument. As a side note, the ever-adept Kronos Quartet handle much of the string sections of this album.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Nonesuch
UPC:
0075597911329
catalogNumber:
79113
Rank:
39813

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Performance Credits

Philip Glass   Primary Artist,Keyboards
Kronos Quartet   Strings,Group
Hank Dutt   Strings
Harrington   Strings
David Harrington   Strings
Joan Jeanrenaud   Strings
Michael Riesman   Conductor
John Sherba   Strings

Technical Credits

Philip Glass   Composer
Dan Dryden   Engineer,Contributor,Remixing
Kurt Munkasci   Producer,Remixing
Michael Riesman   Remixing
George Lucas   Executive Producer
Eiko Ishioka   Art Direction
Tom Luddy   Producer
Paul Schrader   Director,Liner Notes
Kazzuo Takenaka   Art Direction
Mata Yamamoto   Producer

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