Mishima

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All Music Guide - Ted Mills
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ted Mills
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • UPC: 075597911329
  • Catalog Number: 79113
  • Sales rank: 9,720

Album Credits

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
Bill Kipper Mastering
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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