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AKUTAGAWA: Ellora Symphony / Trinita Sinfonica / Rhapsody

Yasushi Akutagawa was a leading figure not only in Japanese music but general culture, whose compositions embraced many genres and fields. The 1948 Trinita Sinfonica, characterised by catchy melodies and light-footed ostinatos, was composed during his ‘Sino-Soviet’ period (1947-1957) when cultural exchanges with the USSR and China brought him into contact with the music of Shostakovich and Kabalevsky, among others. The Ellora Symphony, a savage bacchanal based on erotic visions of pagan India, belongs to Akutagawa’s second creative period (1958-1967), when he embraced the new avant-garde trends promoted by Mayuzumi and Takemitsu. In the 1971 Rapsodia, Akutagawa returns to his compositional starting point of ostinato, lyricism and dynamism, only occasionally using avantgarde techniques. The composer himself describes the work as music in which a witch waves a short wand, transforming a Japanese-style Adagio into a fierce Allegro.

Akutagawa, Yasushi

  Rhapsody for Orchestra
1.   Rhapsody for Orchestra 00:15:03
  Ellora Symphony
2.   I. – 00:02:21
3.   II. – 00:01:17
4.   III. – 00:01:29
5.   IV. – 00:00:21
6.   V. – 00:01:03
7.   VI. – 00:00:56
8.   VII: – 00:00:24
9.   VIII. – 00:00:55
10.   IX. – 00:00:38
11.   X. – 00:01:19
12.   XI. – 00:01:09
13.   XII. – 00:01:00
14.   XIII. – 00:00:59
15.   XIV. – 00:01:03
16.   XV. – 00:01:04
17.   XVI. – 00:01:13
  Trinita Sinfonica
18.   Capriccio: Allegro 00:05:08
19.   Ninnerella: Andante - poco più mosso - Andante 00:10:38
20.   Finale: Allegro assai 00:05:56

Total Playing Time: 00:53:56

Akutagawa, Yasushi

Yuasa, Takuo

New Zealand Symphony Orchestra

Label: Naxos

Series: Japanese Classics

Genre: Orchestral

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: 8.555975

Barcode: 0747313597529

Physical Release: 08/2004

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