The Film Music Of Toru Takemitsu

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A spectacular assembly of Takemitsu's finest work for film selected by him personally before his untimely death. Takemitsu was able to work in a wide variety of styles -- pop arrangements, electronic music, modern choral melodies, his own unique avant-garde and poetic orchestral writing -- and always produced notable and well-crafted composition; possibly the fact that he was largely self-taught enabled him to bypass many of the inhibitions of composers who are members of "schools." This collection of film scores demonstrates almost all of these styles: music from director Hiroshi Teshigahara's "Rikyu" including traditional songs, European Baroque era music, massive...
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All Music Guide - "Blue" Gene Tyranny
A spectacular assembly of Takemitsu's finest work for film selected by him personally before his untimely death. Takemitsu was able to work in a wide variety of styles -- pop arrangements, electronic music, modern choral melodies, his own unique avant-garde and poetic orchestral writing -- and always produced notable and well-crafted composition; possibly the fact that he was largely self-taught enabled him to bypass many of the inhibitions of composers who are members of "schools." This collection of film scores demonstrates almost all of these styles: music from director Hiroshi Teshigahara's "Rikyu" including traditional songs, European Baroque era music, massive and dramatic sustained sounds, a suite for strings of music for three films -- Teshigahara's "José Torres" with jazz underscoring shots of boxing rings and gyms in New York City, Teshigahara's "The Face of Another" with isolated soundforms and Kurt Weill-like tunes, and Shohei Imamura's "Black Rain" elegiac funeral music underscoring images of the Hiroshima bombing, music from "Harakiri" for biwa, music from Masahiro Shinoda's "Banished Orin," "Kaseki The Fossil," Nagisa Oshima's remarkable "Empire of Passion," music from "Dodes'kaden, and the astonishing and highly emotional score for Teshigahara's "Woman in the Dunes" in which Takemitsu electronically processed instrumental sounds to create wholly new timbres.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/29/1997
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • UPC: 075597940428
  • Catalog Number: 79404

Album Credits

Performance Credits
London Sinfonietta Primary Artist, Performing Ensemble
John Adams Conductor
Kinshi Tsuruta Biwa, Track Performer
Technical Credits
Toru Takemitsu Producer
Soh Fujimoto Director
Robert Hurwitz Executive Producer
Tommy Krasker Producer, Executive Producer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
John McClure Producer, Engineer
Karina Benznicki Producer
Fumio Yanoguchi Engineer
Tetsuo Yasuda Engineer
Peter Grilli Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Ichiro Kato Engineer
Shigeru Kurokoji Producer
Hideo Nishizaki Engineer
Shigenosuke Okuyama Engineer
Donald Richie Liner Notes
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