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

Release Date: 10/2006

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