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OHKI: Japanese Rhapsody / Symphony No. 5, 'Hiroshima'


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OHKI: Japanese Rhapsody / Symphony No. 5, 'Hiroshima'

Masao Ohki’s Symphony No. 5, introduced to world-wide audiences by Arvid Jansons and Leopold Stokowski, was one of the first of many Japanese works to be dedicated to the tragedy of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in August 1945. Based on six paintings by Iri and Toshi Maruki, The Hiroshima Panels (tracks 3 to 8), to which Ohki added a Prelude and a final Elegy, Hiroshima Symphony is a graphic and moving depiction of the devastation of the atomic bomb and of the terrible suffering of the inhabitants of Hiroshima. The Symphony is written in an expressionistic style which makes frequent use of bold, dissonant harmonies, alternating with the tranquil and solemn music of No, a Japanese traditional ceremonial play related to the pacification of spirits.

Ohki, Masao

  Japanese Rhapsody
1.   Japanese Rhapsody 00:12:54
  Symphony No. 5, "Hiroshima"
2.   I. Prelude 00:03:10
3.   II. Ghosts: It was a prosession of ghosts 00:04:33
4.   III. Fire: Next moment fire burst into flames 00:02:25
5.   IV. Water: People wandered around seeking for water 00:05:37
6.   V. Rainbow: All of a sudden black rain poured over them and then appeared a beautiful rainbow 00:01:58
7.   VI. Boys and Girls: Boys and girls died without knowing any joy of human life and calling for their parents 00:05:19
8.   VII. Atomic Desert: Boundless desert with skulls 00:04:10
9.   VIII. Elegy 00:11:39

Total Playing Time: 00:51:45

Ohki, Masao

Yuasa, Takuo

New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra

Label: Naxos

Series: Japanese Classics

Genre: Orchestral

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: 8.557839

Barcode: 747313283927

Physical Release: 10/2006

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